Students, faculty speak out on flu season 2

By Danielle Pate

Carrie Lloyd (Photo provided)

Carrie Lloyd, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology was assured that she could not get sick after receiving a flu shot. She was inoculated with an inactivated virus, so getting sick was just a weird coincidence, she was told.

“It was quite a coincidence, though,” she said. “I mean, it was literally the worst flu of my life. It was horrible! It lasted longer than any flu I’ve ever had. It lasted, like, four days and just wiped me out.”

After getting sick Lloyd said she is skeptical about whether the shot actually prevents the flu or if it’s simply a money-maker.

“I think it’s more of a control kind of thing,” she said, “like in big institutions.”

Over the past 12 months, 27.2 percent of 18 through 49 year olds have gotten a flu shot, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some students agree with Lloyd about avoiding the flu shot.

“It’s just a big hype for the government to get more money,” Cassidy Smith, a sophomore, said. “I never get them.”

Zorrell Barnes, a senior, said he agreed with Smith.

“I think it’s a scam, to be honest,” he said. “I don’t think they really work.”

Other students disagreed.

Kara Schick, a freshman, has had flu shots before and would do so again.

“I think they’re important,” Schick said. “I think everyone should get them.”

The CDC and experts at HU and at IU Health say that the best way to prevent this yearly sickness is to get a flu vaccine.

“People never know when they’re going to get really sick from the flu,” Margaret Winter, Ed.D., associate professor of nursing and director of the HU nursing department, said. “I do believe it’s a very good idea, especially if somebody has such things as asthma or some other kind of chronic disease.”

Margaret Winter (Photo provided)

The CDC describes the symptoms of seasonal influenza (the type of flu that people most often get during the chillier months) as feeling feverish or chills, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue.

Although flu shots won’t be offered on campus until October 2013, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

CVS, located on Jefferson Street, offers flu shots until March from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. The cost is $31.99 if no insurance is given. Both the intramuscular and the intradermal vaccines are offered and no appointment is required.

2 thoughts on “Students, faculty speak out on flu season

  1. Reply Karli Feb 5,2013 5:02 am

    I urge everyone to steer clear from flu vaccines. There is some unsafe stuff in them, such as mercury. This is a heavy metal known to be hazardous for human health. The amount of mercury contained in a multi-dose flu shot is much higher than the maximum allowable daily exposure limit. Mercury toxicity can cause memory loss, depression, ADD, oral health problems, digestive imbalances, respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases and many more such serious health ailments. In addition, these vaccines are basically what I would call a guessing game. In other words, these only prevent certain strains of the virus, while you may come in contact with a different strain and still become sick. Flu vaccinations may also lead to harmful immunological responses and a host of other infections, making you more susceptible to illness. Research shows that over-use of the flu-vaccine and drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can actually alter flu viruses and cause them to mutate into a more deadly strain. To stay healthy during the flu-season, there are many safe alternatives. Include vitamin C in your morning routine. You can buy these vitamins in pill form or as a powdered drink mix. Of Course, wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when necessary. There is another measure that can be taken that many people have yet to hear about. It is a safe and natural liquid to ingest that tastes almost like water, Colloidal Silver. There are varying opinions on its safety when doing online research, although it is in fact safe. My family along with others we know (and dont know) have used it for a long while to treat and prevent sickness. It does wonders. It was used long before the arrival of antibiotics,etc. It is not a placebo effect. This stuff really works.

  2. Reply Karli Feb 5,2013 5:11 am

    In addition to my previous post, I want to say that one of the few reasons opinions on the safety of colloidal silver varies is because pharmaceutical companies do intend to make money, and want you to avoid natural remedies even if they really do help. Colloidal silver is also something you can make at home if desired. This has even more of an impact on their wallets! You simply would need to buy a generator and learn how to make it at home with one ingredient: Distilled water.

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