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Protect your loved ones from Influenza
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
Do you Know?
- Influenza differs from a cold in that the symptoms appear suddenly and are more severe.
- Vaccine immunity fades over time, so annual vaccination is required to protect against influenza.
How does it spread?
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, tiny droplets of saliva spread the flu virus over a large area. These droplets are capable of then breathed in by others or can obtain by touching surfaces where the droplets have touched down.
Symptoms and Concerns
The symptoms range from mild to severe, and they can be fatal. The following are some of the most common influenza symptoms:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
These symptoms can last for anywhere between a few days to two weeks.
In more severe cases, an infected person may develop complications such as pneumonia, which may prove fatal. Influenza infection is also known to trigger complications such as encephalitis, myocarditis, multi-organ failure, and more.
Can a child receive a vaccination?
- The influenza vaccine should be started after six months, in two doses four weeks apart for children below the age of one year.
- Annual influenza vaccination should be continued for all children over one year until they reach the age of five.
It is recommended to please consult your doctor for more information on influenza vaccination for children under five.
Can a Pregnant woman receive a vaccination?
Yes. The Flu vaccine benefits pregnant women for multiple reasons:
- Reduce their risk of serious complications such as pneumonia, especially in the later stages of pregnancy stages.
- Reduce the baby’s risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth.
- Assist in protecting their baby, who will continue to grow to have some resistance to flu during their first few months of life.
- Reduces the likelihood of the mother’s death or passing the infection to the newborn.
Are there any side effects of Influenza Vaccination?
While the common side effects of influenza vaccination may not affect everyone, here are some of the most common side effects.
- Muscle ache
- Dizziness or fainting
Aside from that, getting an influenza shot may cause swelling or soreness at the injection site. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction.
- Breathing problems
- Heart palpitations
We recommend to please consult your doctor for more information on side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should not receive the Flu shot?
The vaccine is safe for almost everyone, but you should not be vaccinated if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to it or any of its ingredients. If you are allergic to eggs or have a condition that weakens your immune system, you may be unable to receive certain types of flu vaccines. We suggest you consult your doctor for more information. If you have a fever, your vaccination may be postponed until your complete recovery.
How long does the Flu shot last?
It should protect throughout the current flu season.
What are the benefits of getting the influenza vaccine?
The benefits of getting the influenza vaccine are that it can help prevent you from getting the flu, which can cause serious health problems. It can also help reduce the severity of the flu if you do get it.
How long does it take to develop immunity after being vaccinated?
It takes about two weeks to develop immunity after being vaccinated against influenza.
When should I get a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. It’s best to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available in your community, usually in September or October. However, getting the vaccine later is better than not getting it at all.
How can i book an appointmnet for flu at home or office?
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