Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:14 AM by Marissa Torres
Updated: Oct 4, 2012 9:15 AM
As we get deeper into fall, we also inch closer to the risk of contracting the Influenza virus. Even though federal agencies encourage the flu shot, some families we spoke to say it isn't always the best defense.
As millions of people across the country line up to get the latest flu vaccine, Debbie Schermerhorn says she's going to be one of them.
It's all because of a bad experience more than a decade ago.
"I really did feel like I was dying. It was one of those things where I told my husband that I just can't believe how bad it is."
Schermerhorn says she had a temperature of 102 degrees, her throat was sore, her body ached, and just as she got better, her husband caught the same virus.
"After that season we just said, yea, we'll give it a try next year and see how it goes and we've been doing it ever since."
Since then, the couple has remained flu free, and Schermerhorn says it's all because of the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 85 million doses of the flu vaccine have already been distributed across the U-S and more is on the way. Even thought last year's flu season was mile, experts say the vaccine still made a difference.
Dr. Howard Koh with the CDC says a recent study for the 2010-2011 season estimated that flu vaccine that year prevented almost 5 million cases, 2 million medical visits and an estimated 40,000 hospitalizations.
But for some, the numbers don't mean much. One mom we spoke to says she doesn't like the idea of injecting foreign elements into her body. So instead, Tami Urbanek says she maintains a healthy life-style.
"I have not gotten the flu, I've really worked with my immune system to make sure I stay as healthy as I can... I exercise, I drink a lot of water, I take vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E for the anti-oxidants.
Health experts say rolling the dice when it comes to your health isn't a good idea, especially when it comes to the flu.