Flu Vaccination

| May 25, 2013

Important facts about taking Flu Vaccination

Many people get affected with flu every year and the rate of affected patients is increasing day by day. Vaccination is not the solution to cure this disease but it helps prevent the disease from affecting your body. Based on researches, the risk of flue in those that have taken the vaccination is less than thirty percent. However, people with fatigue syndrome are more likely to get affected with flu and can take several days to cure.

What is Flu?

Also known as influenza, flu is a very infectious virus that enters the body suddenly causing fever and other diseases. During this condition, the body temperature will fall between 100 and 104 degree Fahrenheit and can span for five to seven days. Fever will be accompanied with other signs such as fatigue, sore throat, chills, headache and cough.  Fever can last longer in case if the patient already has other diseases. According to the studies, over 60,000 deaths happen every year and this disease is found to be the major cause of death in aged people.

Vaccination for preventing Flu

Flu vaccination is necessary in order to prevent this disease and the right time to take this vaccination in the months of October to November. This is because flu occurs rapidly during winter and the vaccination prevents the virus in the later months. Vaccine requires at least two weeks for becoming active. Since the virus keeps on changing, it is advised to take the vaccination every year.

Who should get the vaccination?

Vaccination for flue is not desired to everyone. However, it is essential in some people. The vaccine is highly prescribed for seniors over 60 years of age. People who have cured from diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney related disorders, heart disease as well as respiratory problems can take the vaccination after six months. Those that are 50 years old or more and are vulnerable to respiratory illness are more prone to flu. Hence they should also take this vaccine.

Other communities that should take flu vaccination include people with weaker immune system health caused from HIV, those with cyanotic congenital heart disorder, kids undergoing aspirin therapy, patients under medical treatments posing high risk of influenza symptoms, people staying in nursing homes as well as hostels, health care employees and caregivers looking after elderly people. Pregnant women going through their second or third trimester are likely to affect with flu symptoms and of not given the vaccine can lead to serious complications.

Who should not take the vaccination?

Though flu vaccination is essential for most people, it is not safer for some. Those that are allergic to eggs should not take this since the vaccine is developed from the eggs of hen. Vaccination is not intended for babies under six months. Those that have gone through (GBS) Gullian-Barre Syndrome and people that are already experiencing fever are not advised to take this prevention method. In the latter case, the patients can take the vaccine once they cure the fever.

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