Maintaining good hygiene practices such as regularly washing hands and sanitizing equipment (weights, mats and machines) as well as staying home if you become sick is one of the key strategies to staying healthy during flu season. A diet rich in nutritive foods may also strengthen immunity.
Young children are particularly prone to serious complications from influenza due to having weaker immune systems than adults, which makes vaccinating them against it essential in protecting them from serious symptoms and stopping its spread to others.
Prevents Secondary Infections
The flu vaccine dandenong have been demonstrated to prevent influenza illnesses, doctor’s visits and hospitalizations each year. Furthermore, they have also been found to lessen severity in people who contract flu despite vaccination.
Flu vaccination significantly lowers the risk of serious complications from flu among children and adults with preexisting medical conditions that place them at increased risk, as well as deaths among this population. It has even been demonstrated to decrease mortality.
Although flu vaccination does not cause the flu itself, there may be side effects like sore arms or fever for several days post-injection and even rare allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis which require close medical monitoring.
Boosts Your Immune System
With a vaccine, your immune system receives an advance glimpse of a harmful bug to allow it to generate antibodies against it before it ever strikes; unlike natural infections that require weeks for your body to produce immunity antibodies.
Studies have demonstrated that getting a flu shot can reduce hospitalization risks from influenza.
Except for some minor side effects such as redness and swelling where an injection was made, low-grade fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea and fatigue, vaccines are generally safe. They have very few cases of serious allergic reactions; thus making vaccines one of the safest medical interventions available today.
Prevents Experiencing Symptoms
Flu is a serious illness, capable of causing significant complications among all age groups. A flu shot provides protection from experiencing symptoms like fever, chills, extreme fatigue and muscle aches for several days; and helps lower risk for higher-risk groups like kids, seniors and pregnant women.
Last flu season, the vaccine helped prevent millions of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths worldwide. Studies have demonstrated its efficacy when its virus matches that circulating at that time; since this year’s vaccine is already available early enough for peak flu season prevention it may help protect from illness during its height. Regular immunization against whooping cough (pertussis), mumps and rubella is essential; especially among babies or those in close contact with them.
Prevents Getting a Severe Symptom
Flu vaccines offer protection from various influenza viruses that recirculate each year, as well as helping prevent complications related to influenza and other respiratory illnesses that could arise during flu season.
Vaccinations is most effective when the viruses contained within the vaccine match the viruses circulating. Studies have demonstrated that vaccination against flu during one season provides protection for multiple years to come.
Children and adults living with preexisting health conditions or weak immune systems can benefit greatly from receiving an annual flu shot, including hospitalization or even death. At OHSU, we strongly advise all those aged six months or over receive one annually to help protect themselves against whooping cough (pertussis), mumps, rubella and meningococcal disease.
Prevents Long-Term Illness
Flu vaccines are the best way to prevent serious complications of influenza, including hospitalization and even death. When administered during seasons when its components match those circulating viruses, vaccination can decrease hospitalizations by 40% to 60% while medical visits related to influenza decrease by around the same proportion.
Vaccinated individuals still may experience symptoms, but their severity will likely be lessened significantly. Furthermore, vaccination can decrease time spent in intensive care units (ICU) and length of stay in hospitals among those hospitalized due to flu.
Every adult and child aged six months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. There are different kinds of vaccination available for both children and adults alike, including nasal spray flu vaccine. Vaccinations should start in fall before flu season starts; children may require two doses given four weeks apart while some adults will require an annual booster shot.