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Influenza commonly known as Flu, is a contagious viral respiratory illness that infects nose, throat and sometimes lungs. The symptoms range from mild to very severe. The common symptoms include fever* or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness); some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. The best way to prevent flu infection is through vaccination. Health expert authorities across the globes such as WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), IMA (Indian Medical Association) and IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) strongly recommend Influenza vaccination annually.

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Decoding the Flu Myths

Influenza commonly known as Flu, is a contagious viral respiratory illness that infects nose, throat and sometimes lungs. The symptoms range from mild to very severe. The common symptoms include fever* or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness); some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. The best way to prevent flu infection is through vaccination. Health expert authorities across the globes such as WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), IMA (Indian Medical Association) and IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) strongly recommend Influenza vaccination annually.

Fact: Most people who get flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop severe complications such as pneumonia, sinusitis, ear infection, inflammation in the heart, brain or muscles, multiple organ failure and sepsis that can even lead to death.

Fact: Though antibiotics are effective way to treat bacterial infection, it’s not the case with Flu. Flu infection is caused by viruses and not bacteria. Antibiotics cannot treat Flu. CDC recommends that Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu infection.

Fact: Vaccination against Flu is important and strongly recommended by leading health expert authorities a like WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Indian bodies like IMA (Indian Medical Association) for individuals of 6 months and above every year.More than 100 countries across the globe recommend influenza vaccination annually for flu prevention.

Fact: Flu can affect anyone. It’s not only the older people, but even pregnant women, children below 5 years of age, people with co-morbidities and health care workers are at serious risk of health complications if infected with Flu.

Fact: Flu viruses mutate or change very often. Every year flu vaccines are recreated against the new strains which help you to fight against the most dominant strain of that season. Thus, it is strongly recommended to get your flu shots annually to stay protected.

Fact: Flu vaccination takes at least 2-3 weeks to develop antibodies against virus and give you the complete immunization. There could be many reasons stated below, why you may feel contracting flu post-vaccination.

  • One reason is that some people can become ill from other respiratory viruses besides flu that have similar symptoms to that of flu.
  • Exposed to flu virus before getting the immunization or before 2-3 weeks of vaccination
  • Person may have got infected with different strain of virus for which vaccine was not designed for.

Fact: Like any other vaccines, flu vaccinations have very common and mild side-effects such as soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given, low-grade fever, headache and/or muscle aches which generally subsides in a day or two.

Fact: Flu shots during pregnancy is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as the immunity in pregnant women is weakened and the body is more prone to catch the flu infection. The severe respiratory illness and fever due to flu can lead to serious pregnancy complication to an extent of premature labor. Flu shots is not only important for pregnant lady, but it also protects the baby for the first few months of their life when they are not old enough to get the flu vaccination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Expert health authorities such as WHO and CDC recommend all individuals above 6 months to get the annual flu shots. Flu shots are highly recommended during pregnancy, children below five years, people with co-morbidities and health workers.

  • Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses, serious health complications, flu related hospitalization each year across the age group.
  • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
  • Flu vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. It not only protect the mother, but also safeguard the newborn in the very early days till the time he/she gets his first flu shot.
  • Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

The ideal time to get the flu vaccine is before the start of flu season, preferably pre-monsoon (April-June) because in most part of India influenza peaks during the monsoon season. However, if you have missed flu shots in pre-monsoon, it is advised to take it at the earliest available opportunity to protect you and your family against flu.

Please consult your pediatrician or physician for getting the flu vaccine. You can also contact INVC to book you flu shot today by clicking the below link.

Vaccinating your child on time is utmost important to protect them from potentially serious infection. According to CDC, it is safe for children to receive flu shot if they have mild illness such as low grade fever (101°F or 38.3°C), runny nose, cough, mild diarrhea or common cold.

If your child is too sick or if you are unsure, discuss the symptoms with doctor and take appropriate action.

CDC conducts studies each year to determine how well the influenza (flu) vaccine protects against flu illness. While vaccine effectiveness (VE) can vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine.

No, Flu vaccines cannot prevent COVID-19. But certainly, the flu vaccine will help reduce the hospitalization rates, illness and death due to influenza; helping conserve the scare resources needed for the COVID-19 patients.

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