On October 28th, there will be a free on-site flu clinic at Everett. The flu shots are offered by Health Heroes, Inc. and will be administered by state-licensed nurses. Although student participation is voluntary, the vaccinations are recommended to help keep schools healthy.
Many people think the flu shot is beneficial and very effective.
“In theory, it would help prevent the spread of influenza,” said registered nurse Hannah Laggis.
Influenza (the flu) is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system that spreads easily and fast.
“Vaccines work best when all or most of the population are vaccinated,” said Laggis.
The number of students participating in the flu clinic is larger than the number of students making a doctor’s appointment to get their flu shot.
“A flu clinic is much more convenient for most people than making a doctor’s appointment,” said Laggis.
Some teachers, too, support the flu clinic and think it is beneficial.
“It not only helps protect the person [that is] receiving the vaccination but also helps to prevent them from passing the flu on to more susceptible populations of people,” said resource room teacher Krystn Palmer.
Having a clinic at school may mean many more students getting vaccinated since they won’t need to go to a doctor’s office to get it done.
“The clinic is more accessible, free, and much more convenient than making an appointment,” said Palmer.
Even though many people expect lots of students to participate in the flu clinic, not everyone is. Some students don’t want to get the flu shot, and their reasons are a bit surprising.
“I haven’t gotten the flu shot since I was young because it gives me awful side effects and I personally have never suffered from the flu,” said junior Adrianna Hahn.
Medical professionals are trying to encourage everyone to receive vaccinations. In 1918, influenza was spreading around so rapidly that about one-third of the world’s population became infected with the virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.
“There’s no reason not to protect yourselves by not getting immunized this year,” said Allison Kidwell, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and General Pediatrician at Pediatric Care of Lansing, P.C.
Some people disagree and think the flu vaccine isn’t very effective.
“Flu shots are proven to be at most 30% effective so there will not be a large decrease in illness from it,” said parent and analyst at MDHHS, Jennifer Jones.
Jones thinks that most people who receive flu vaccines only do it because it is, in a way, forced onto society.
“I do not feel the flu shot is beneficial; it is pushed on society as a safe measure of prevention,” said Jones.
On the contrary, Dr. Kidwell believes that the flu shot is essential and recommends everyone receive it.
“The flu shot is absolutely beneficial; the flu is a very easily-shared disease that killed about 80,000 people during the 2017-2018 flu season two years ago,” said Kidwell.