Perhaps the most unbidden downside of winters is the flu and its complications. Flu is a contagious viral respiratory disease that can lead to several grim consequences for kids and the elderly though others are also at risk. But thanks to flu shots now you can stay safe from annoying flu and accompanying stumbling blocks. Yes! A vaccine for flu prevention is available and is recommended by healthcare professionals.
Who should get it?
Flu shots are recommended for everyone but especially
- Children aged 6 months to 18 years.
- People over 50 years of age
- Those with chronic health issues
- People with low immunity
- Healthcare workers
- Pregnant women
Who should avoid it?
- Anyone having an allergy to a flu vaccine or its components should tell the physician about it before getting this vaccine.
- People having an allergy to egg protein should also avoid this vaccine and inform their doctor about it.
- Those having Gillian-bare syndrome are advised to not have this vaccine.
How to flu shots work?
- The body’s immune response from the vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection.
- Flu viruses are constantly changing. The formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with the changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
Flu virus breaks out at a different time every year however as a rule of thumb you should get it by the end of October. However, you can have it any time during the flu season as well.
How long it remains effective?
You have to undergo this vaccination every year to stay safe from the flu. Because flu viruses keep changing so this vaccine is updated every year.
Are there any side effects?
Flu shots have no serious side effects. You do not get flu from this vaccine however mild discomfort may follow that resolves in a day or two.
DISCLAIMER: Intended just for awareness. Always make decisions about your health and medication with the informed consent of your physician.