Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine
Every year, millions of people get the flu. The good news is that the seasonal flu vaccine can lower the risk of getting the flu by about half. Getting the yearly flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
Why is the flu vaccine important?
Most people who get the flu have a mild illness. But for some, it can be serious — and even deadly. Serious complications from the flu are more likely in babies and young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with certain long-term health conditions — like diabetes or asthma.
Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to lower your chances of getting the flu. Flu vaccines can’t cause the flu. Keep in mind that getting the flu vaccine also protects the people around you. So, when you and your family get vaccinated, you help keep yourselves and your community healthy.
This is especially important if you spend time with people who are at risk for serious illness from the flu — like young children or older adults. Learn more about how vaccine help to protect your whole community.
Signs and symptoms of Flu
Symptoms include: rapid onset of fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sneezing, running nose, sore throat, cough.
How influenza is spread
the flu virus is spread when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes small droplets containing infectious agents into the air. The droplets in the air may be breathed in by those nearby. Infection may also be spread by contact with hands, tissues and other articles soiled by infected nose and throat discharges.
What is flu vaccination
Flu vaccination is required every year as the influenza virus is constantly changing and each year the flu vaccines are altered to provide protection against the strains that are circulating Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza A or B (or rarely C) viruses. It is highly infectious.
Flu vaccination Recommended Age
It is recommended for anyone 6 months of age or older who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with flu.
How often do I need to be vaccinated?
It is recommended that you be vaccinated against flu every year as the different strains of flu virus can change from year to year. This protects you against the most recent flu virus strains that maybe around. Even if the main flu strains do not change, yearly vaccination is still recommended as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.
Influenza and pregnancy
Pregnant women are more likely to have severe complications from the flu. The best protection for the mother and baby is for the pregnant mother to have the flu vaccine, which is safe at any stage of pregnancy.
Who should not get flu vaccine?
Be sure to tell your doctor before getting vaccinated if you:
• Have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a dose of the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine (like eggs or gelatine)
• Have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (an immune system disorder)
If you’re sick, you may need to wait until you’re feeling better to get the flu vaccine.
Are there any side effects from the vaccine?
Most side effects are minor. Generally, mild reactions begin within six to 12 hours. As with any severe allergic reaction which will usually occur within 15 minutes of receiving a vaccine. Due to this, it is important for you to wait for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine before leaving. Your vaccine provider will advise you of the potential side effects of having the flu vaccine and what you should do if you have a reaction.
Is the flu vaccine safe?
No vaccine is 100% safe but the viruses in the flu vaccine are inactivated (killed) and cannot give you the flu. If you develop the flu, generally it is because you have been infected before the vaccine has had time to take effect. After the vaccination, you may still get the flu, but you may also experience mild flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours after the flu shot as your immune system responds to the vaccine and you will experience a milder case some time.
Getting vaccinated is easy. Vaccines are available at all major hospitals and they are not expensive. Pentacare offers to all its insured members special discounted rate on flu vaccination – 30 AED only.
To avail special offer, you have to book your appointment in advance and present your Pentacare card at the below medical centers:
•Angel Wings Medical Center (609 Pinnacle Building, Al Barsha 1, Dubai). Contact person: Mr. Suganth/ Dr. Nidha, +971 04 393 6211, +971 54 712 2105
•Zia Medical Center LLC (1 st & 2nd floor, Plot no. 356-1061, Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1 – Dubai). Contact person: Efrel, +971509505241
•Kims Medical Center (Next to Abu Baker Al Siddique metro Station, Salahuddin Rd – Dubai). Contact person: Mohammed Shalabi, +9715516110691/ +97142624500
This is a limited time offer. Please call the above medical centers to confirm date and time for you flu vaccination.
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