Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. It is highly contagious and can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe.
THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU INCLUDE:
SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU:
Symptoms of the flu can include high fever, chills, headache, body aches, and fatigue. Other symptoms may include sore throat, cough, and mucus production. A person who has a cold or the flu is contagious until they are no longer sick.
IN ADDITION TO VACCINATION, THERE ARE OTHER MEASURES THAT CAN HELP TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE FLU:
WHY IS FLU VACCINATION IMPORTANT?
The vaccine works by helping your body produce antibodies against the disease, so it cannot cause illness or spread easily among uninfected individuals. It is also important to note that vaccinations protect those at high risk of serious complications from influenza, such as pregnant women and people over the age of 65. Flu vaccinations are the most effective method of preventing the flu and preventing its spread. Pregnant women, children under 5 years, and people 65 years and older who are at high risk of serious complications should also be vaccinated.
The flu vaccine can help prevent severe illness and the need for hospitalization by reducing the severity of the flu. It may also help prevent complications such as pneumonia.
FLU VACCINES ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS OVER THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS (AND USUALLY BETWEEN THE AGES OF 2-49).
Flu vaccines protect against 3 types of influenza viruses: Type A virus which causes most cases of seasonal flu; Type B virus which can lead to serious illnesses like pneumonia and sometimes death; Type C virus which is also known as H1N1 or swine flu.
The main reason why we vaccinate our children is, so they do not get sick with any type of influenza. But there are other reasons too:
WHEN FLU VACCINATION IS NOT RECOMMENDED
The vaccine is not recommended for any person who has had a life-threatening reaction to the flu shot, including anaphylaxis. If you have a severe allergy or sensitivity to latex, eggs, or other ingredients in the vaccine (such as neomycin), ask your doctor if it is safe for you to receive this vaccine.
It's important to get vaccinated against the flu every year, as the strains of the virus can change, and the immunity provided by the vaccine can wane over time.
Talk to your healthcare provider about which type of flu vaccine is best for you and when is the best time to get vaccinated. By following preventive measures and getting vaccinated, we can help to reduce the spread of the flu. We can also protect ourselves and our loved ones from this potentially serious illness.
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