The flu is no joke. My father was a healthy yoga practicing 47 year old and got H1N1. He was in a coma for a month before we finally took him off life support.
Actually we are a nonprofit and lose a little bit of money every time we give vaccines. We do it anyway because we don’t like our patients dying prematurely.
I have a co-worker who, god bless her soul, can't see the connection here. She says "No vaccines! They make you sick!" and then wonders why her unvaccinated kid has been sick with the flu for 2 weeks on the verge of pnumonia.
Then she says that Vaccines just make it worse. When I told her my vacinnated daughter caught the flu, puked once, and was 100% better 2 days later she didn't have anything to say except "but she still got sick! The shot did it!"
Like... your nearly dead child in the hospital, or mine that fully recovered within two days?
Everyone saying the flu vaccine has only been 20% effective, so why vaccinate: Vaccinate because even if it may not prevent your child from getting the flu, it may lessen the severity of the flu. Statistically, [80-85% of pediatric flu deaths were children who were not vaccinated.](https://www.cdc.gov/flu/news/reported-flu-deaths-children.htm
Get your kids the flu shot, please. It may not keep your kid from getting the flu, but it may increase the odds of your child enduring the flu with a good outcome, and that is worth it.
The flu has literally always been this dangerous, it's just worse this year. Also being Vaccinated against the flu yearly is not the same as getting normal vaccinations when you are younger, as it's nowhere near as effective as those vaccines, due to the every changing nature of the flu.
What makes it so dangerous is it leads to pneumonia, which is something that can kill those with compromised immune systems like the young and elderly.
I need to be more clear about the first line because too many of you are misunderstanding and it was poorly worded.
The danger level for an individual catching the flu hasn't changed much this year, the risk of death has always been about the same. What is worse is the fact that it's much more widespread this year, so there is a higher chance of catching the flu than usual.