Friday, April 26, 2013

Spread The Word Not The Flu

 Influenza Vaccination

Its time to separate myths from facts!
Every wear,manay people decide to not get an influenza vaccination and many of their reasons are based on myths.Take a moment to read the following information to learn the facts.Then ask yourself,if the influenza vaccine is meant to help me,why wouldnt i get it?

1 : "The flu is not that serious"

Fact : Influenza can have serious results

Influenza is a contagious infection of the respiratory tract (nose,throat and lungs).Its symptoms,including fever,headache,extreme tiredness,cough,sore throat,nasal congestion,and body aches,can disrupt your work and social plans for up to 2 weeks.

Although many people can recover without any medical treatment,influenza can lead to more serious respiratory conditions,such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

2 : "Why do i need an annual flu vaccination"

Fact : Influenz strains change every year

Even if you were immune to influenza strains that circulated in the past,you may not be immune to new strains that emerge this season.The best way to help protect yourself from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated every year.

3 : "Its only for old people and young children"

Fact : Anyone older than 6 months can benefit

The elderly and young children are just 2 of the groups considered to be at increased risk for developing influenza,However,vaccination can benefit anyone older than 6 months and is also recommended for the following groups.
  • Elderly individuals
  • Children aged 6 to 23 months
  • Individuals of any age with the following conditions :  
  1. Chronic heart,lung or kidney disease
  2. Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  3. Diabetes melilitus
  • Pregnant women
  • Health care workers and other individuals with key functions in society
  • Residents of long term care facilities (elderly and/or disabled)

4 : "I might get the flu from the vaccine"

Fact : Injectable influenza vaccines cant give you influenza

Injectable influenza vaccines are made from killed,or inactivated,influenza viruses.An inactivated virus cannot give you influenza.

5 : "I may be allergic to the vaccine"

Fact : Influenza vaccines area safe for most people

Most people are not allergic to the influenza vaccine.However,if you had a severe allergic reaction to eggs,you should not receive it.Ask your health care professional if the influenza vaccine is right for you.

6 : "I've heard the side effect from the shot are worse than the flu itself"

Fact : Side effect,if they do develop,are usually minor

All vaccine have potential side effects,however most people who receive the influenza vaccine do not develop serious problems.The most common side effects include minor soreness or redness at the site of the shot.Mild fever or body aches are even less common.These 4 symptoms can initially feel like influenza,but they are mild and should disappear within 1 to 2 days without the need to take any treatment.

7 : "My friend got the influenza shot,but still got the flu"

Fact : There are may be other factors involved

Influenza vaccination doesn't guaranteed that you won't get the flu,but it's your best chance to stay healthty.In fact,vaccination prevents influenza in up to 90% of healthy adults and in more than half of elderly individuals.

In addition,the effectiveness of influenza vaccination varies depending on 2 main factors; (1)your age and health status and (2) the match between the virus strains in the vaccine and the strains in circulation.

8 : "It's almost the end of flu season;I dont need the shot"

Fact : An influenza vaccine can help anytime during flu season

Flu seasons is throughout the year.It's always best to get vaccinated early,but you can still benefit from an influenza vaccine anytime during flu season.

Helping you understand the facts of influenza vaccination

How long after vaccinations is immunization achieved?

It takes about 2 weeks to develop immunogenicity after receiving vaccination to provide protection against flu.

After taking Flu shot can i resume normal daily activities?

Yes,after vaccination you can return to perform normal daily activities.

Why do some people still suffer from flu/influenza after vaccination?
  •  Not all vaccines provides 100% protection
  • Influenza vaccines can provides protection up to 90%

Vaccination during Prengnancy and Lactation
  • Limited data do not indicate adverse maternal out come due to influenza vaccination
  • Vaccination can be considered from 2nd trimester of pregnancy and it is safe during lactation.
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Always remember the key facts
  • Influenza can be more serious than you think
  • Vaccination can benefit anyone older than 6 months
  • Injectable vaccines are safe for most people
  • Influenza vaccines are safe for most people and may cause only minor side effects

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