Inﬂuenza is a common viral infection that primarily attacks the respiratory system.
Though rare, it can become deadly in people with low immunity or those suffering from chronic diseases by causing pneumonia and respiratory failure.
Here are 8 things you need to know about Inﬂuenza & the vaccine.
Inﬂuenza is an airborne infection. It can spread from person to person via coughing, sneezing and touching infected surfaces.
No, the symptoms of inﬂuenza are more severe as compared to that of the common cold. Moreover, a common cold does not cause serious health problems whereas inﬂuenza does.
Most of the time, Inﬂuenza disappears within a week to ten days. However, sometimes it can lead to serious health consequences such as infection of the heart, pneumonia and also death in high-risk individuals.
Everyone above the age of 6 months is eligible. However, it is recommended that high-risk individuals speak to their doctor about getting vaccinated.
People with a known allergic reaction to the vaccine, or having an ongoing infection. And, people with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
It is ideally recommended to get vaccinated every year before the ﬂu season starts.
The virus mutates every year. So, the Inﬂuenza vaccine needs an ‘update’ in the body to protect you from the virus.
Mild side effects are seen with the Inﬂuenza vaccine, which includes mild pain, tenderness, fever, and swelling at the site of injection. Since Inﬂuenza is potentially fatal, the beneﬁts clearly outweigh the risks.
|If you get any reaction following your Flu vaccination|
|Expect mild side-effects of soreness, redness, swelling, low-grade fever, headache or muscle aches 1-2 days after getting vaccinated. All this usefully settles down on its own||Self-medicate if you feel unwell after the shot.|
|Keep yourself hydrated.||Apply any ointment or patches at the injection site.|
|Reduce fever with a cool sponge bath.||Massage the injection site.|
|Consult your doctor if you want to take pain-killers for pain or fever.||Forget to keep your vaccination record safe for future reference, including the history of reaction.|
|Try moving your arm around to help relieve pain and swelling.||Skip your regular doctor visit if you are suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, etc.|
|Apply cool, wet washcloth or ice if you experience soreness at the site of injection.||Forget to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while stepping out of the house as the Flu shot does not afford protection against COVID 19.|
|Contact your doctor if you experience an allergic reaction or any serious side-effects post-vaccination such as rashes, breathlessness, muscle weakness, giddiness or vomiting.|
|Expect the flu vaccine to afford protection only after 14 days post-immunization.|
|Eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly to boost immunity.|
|Maintain personal hygiene.|
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