The influenza virus is an annual threat to people all over the world, but specifically to children, who are most at risk for infection.
In the United States, the influenza virus results in about 300,000 hospitalizations and 24,000 deaths each year.
In recent years there has been a growing number of vaccine-anxious parents deciding to limit or omit vaccinations for their children based on modern American cultural and ideological notions.
In addition, there is apprehension among women that receiving the flu vaccine or contracting the flu virus during pregnancy could cause autism in their children.
However, Influenza vaccination remains the most effective strategy to prevent the flu and flu related complications. No studies have shown serious complications of the flu vaccine.
Despite the stigmas, concerns, and fears of vaccinations in general, it is clear that the benefits of immunity and protection against the flu virus far outweigh any possible complications of vaccination.
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