Your doctor may recommend that you receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but are you aware of the risks? What exactly does this vaccination entail? Read on to learn more about this topic and find out if it’s right for you or not.
Why do people get the flu?
There are many reasons why people get sick from influenza. In most cases, a person gets infected with flu by breathing in small droplets of liquid containing flu viruses from another person who has flu or even just that day.
The virus is also spread by touching objects contaminated with these droplets and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands thoroughly. Some people can get sick up to 2 days before symptoms develop because it takes time for influenza to infect your body after you have been exposed to it.
Also, some people can spread influenza to others long after their illness has passed because they may still have viral particles in their saliva or nasal secretions.
What can we do about it?
The most important thing you can do is to have your child vaccinated. We now know that vaccinations are effective at preventing disease and reducing cases. We also know that vaccines are safe for children and adults, with a very low risk of serious side effects.
Furthermore, we now understand that people who aren’t vaccinated put others in their community at risk by decreasing herd immunity (i.e., if enough people around them are vaccinated against a disease, those who aren’t protected can still be safe).
This isn’t to say vaccines don’t cause side effects—they sometimes do—but they almost always pose less risk than getting an actual case of measles or mumps or diphtheria or pertussis.
Flu prevention options…
While getting a flu shot is ideal, it’s not always practical. If you’re looking for alternative options to prevent your family from getting sick, there are other methods to make sure that germs don’t spread in your home.
First of all, wash your hands frequently with soap and water—especially after coming into contact with people who are sick or before preparing food. You can also use antibacterial wipes when hand washing isn’t convenient or appropriate; although they aren’t as effective as proper handwashing, they do reduce contact times with surfaces by about 50 per cent.
Johnson & Johnson’s Flu Vaccine Has Been Around For Almost 40 Years. Here’s Why People Trust It.
People have trusted Johnson & Johnson for generations; it’s a company that has been known to develop products that are safe, effective, and easy to use.
Johnson & Johnson’s flu vaccine is no exception. Since 1976, J&J’s Fluzone has been helping provide peace of mind to millions of Americans each year, providing protection against one of the most serious health threats in America today—the flu. (source)
How does it work?
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine works by introducing a small amount of material from either live attenuated measles virus or live-attenuated mumps virus or live attenuated rubella virus into your body. The vaccine contains no infectious material from other organisms. Your immune system responds to protect against these diseases.
If you were exposed to any of these three diseases in the future, your immune system would be ready to fight it off.
I recently read that due to some people suffering from adverse side effects of a Johnson vaccine, lawsuits are being filed against Johnson and Johnson.
This may scare me away from using any product with J&J’s name on it, but I am still curious about their brand of safety. Is there a way for me to know how safe their products really are? Should I worry about using any products with their name on them? Or is all of this just overblown?
Get your flu shot!
No matter what time of year it is, it’s a good idea to get your flu shot. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old gets a flu shot; those at higher risk for complications from flu, including seniors, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women and people with certain chronic conditions or weakened immune systems should get their flu shots as early in fall as possible. Everyone else can get their flu shots by November.