Influenza injections are a very valuable way of reducing the chances of contracting severe forms of flu.

Frequently, dangerous epidemics sweep the world and these can produce tremendous discomfort, time-loss from industry, and general debility in the community.

Whether or not everybody should be vaccinated regularly against flu is a point still being argued by doctors.

Many claim it is not warranted if no serious epidemic is likely. Many believe vaccination is still valuable for certain segments of the population. People dealing with the public in large numbers may be at special risk and could benefit from regular annual vaccination. Younger people suffering from chronic disorders such as kidney disease, heart disorders, etc. may be more prone to developing flu, so may benefit.

Aged people, especially those in convalescent hospitals, can often benefit considerably. Indeed, a three-year trial carried out recently showed that when aged people received flu vaccination annually for three years, there was a definite and considerable reduction in flu cases.

More interestingly, there was also a marked reduction in the incidence of bronchitis, pneumonia, and other chest disorders. The death rate was markedly reduced, which shows the real value of flu shots regularly for this age group.

Although older people may benefit, flu injections are not a universal panacea for preventing or curing the common cold. Anyone believing he is protected against every chance chill or cold wog needs to re-assess his thinking. The injections are not a cure-all and are not intended for this purpose.

Neither are they guaranteed protection for every likely future variant of flu germ. It is a wily germ and can change face often and quickly. As new forms occur, new vaccines will be developed.

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