Influenza, also known as flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza is not the same as common cold, as they are caused by different viruses and can have varying symptoms and severity. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can even lead to hospitalization or, in some cases, even death.
Annual flu Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza (seasonal flu and swine flu).
* Two doses starting 6 weeks are recommended to be given at a gap of 4 weeks in the first year of life followed by an annual shot. Please consult your doctor or a vaccine expert to get more information on dosage and schedules.
Flu vaccination is recommended for all children above the age of 6 months to protect them from seasonal flu and swine flu virus (H1N1). It is generally given as two doses at a gap of 4 weeks in the first year of life, followed by a single dose annually. Consult your doctor or INVC vaccine expert to get more information on dosage and scheduling of the vaccination.
Single shot of latest available flu vaccine is recommended annually for all adults to protect them from seasonal flu and swine flu virus (H1N1). Consult your doctor or INVC vaccine expert to get more information on dosage and scheduling of the vaccination.
India has almost round-the-year circulation of influenza viruses with seasonal peaks during monsoon and winter seasons. Hence its best to take the flu shot at least two weeks before the start of the flu season i.e., during the pre-monsoon period. However, individuals can receive the flu shot at any time during the year if they have not received it during pre-monsoon period. Getting vaccinated against the flu is always a good idea, no matter the time of year.
It’s never too late to get vaccinated.
If you have missed taking the flu shot last year or any previous year, now is the time to get vaccinated with the latest available vaccine. Flu viruses mutate every year, so an updated vaccine is made available to fight the currently circulating virus. Don't wait any longer - book a consultation with your doctor or INVC vaccine expert today to learn more about vaccination options and protect yourself against the flu.
The cost of Flu vaccination depends on factors such as the type of vaccine, brand, manufacturer, applicable taxes and the vaccination service provider. On an average, the cost of one dose of Flu vaccination ranges between Rs 2000 to Rs 2500. It's best to check with your vaccination provider to get an accurate and updated estimate of the cost.
Vaccination at home offers a convenient, accessible and safe way to protect you and your family from the flu. It allows individuals to receive the vaccine in a familiar environment, reducing potential anxiety or discomfort associated with visiting a clinic. Home vaccination not only saves time and effort, it also minimizes exposure to potential infections in crowded healthcare settings. INVC vaccine experts can help you with availability and scheduling of flu vaccine at home in India
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that primarily target the nose, throat, and occasionally the lungs.
Flu viruses can be classified into two main types, namely type A and type B, based on their genetic material differences. The H1N1 flu, sometimes called swine flu, is a type of influenza A virus.
The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
The symptoms of flu can vary, but they usually include:
Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhoea, although this is more common in children than adults. It's important to note that not everyone with the flu will experience all these symptoms, and some people may have mild symptoms or none at all.
All individuals have the risk of getting the flu. However, certain groups of people are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu. These groups include:
The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated every year.
Some other preventive measures include:
The flu vaccine can provide several benefits for healthy individuals:
Getting an annual flu shot is a wise decision for everyone.
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