Have you taken a Flu vaccine this season?

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Have you taken a Flu vaccine this season?

Have you taken a Flu vaccine this season?

Have you taken a Flu vaccine this season?

Common cold or flu is caused by the Influenza virus. This is usually a season infection. In the Western world, it affects people during the winter season. In India, Flu season is actually twice a year in winter and in monsoon season.

The Influenza virus strain changes every year hence the new vaccine comes every year.

The flu season has already started and there is a steady increase in the number of people with symptoms of fever, headache, runny nose, cough, and muscle pain over the last few weeks. Most people with mild symptoms recover within a week with over the counter medicines for fever and pain but can lead to hospitalization and death for people with other comorbidity and over the age of 65 years.

The flu vaccine is very safe and is effective.

Who needs to take flu vaccine –

The guidelines vary but people who are at high risk must get vaccinated. These include pregnant women, the elderly, children above the age of six, patients with comorbidity, and healthcare staff.

There are four strain of the virus which causes flu and the vaccine provides protection against all four strain.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination for nearly all people over the age of six months, especially those with comorbidity.

The effect of the vaccine starts 2 weeks after vaccination so the vaccine should be taken at the start of winter.

This year flu vaccine is very important as will also decrease the risk caused by Coronavirus.

The protection provided by flu vaccination can vary and depends on the health and age of the persons getting vaccinated, but vaccination reduces the severity of illness, shortens hospitalization duration, lowers intensive care unit (ICU), and death from flu-related complications.

Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS, MD, CCT, ASTS fellow.