Flu Vaccine: Busting The Myths
Winter is coming and pretty soon we would start feeling the chill. For many, winter is not simply about snow and wrapping up warm in front of the fireplace. Unfortunately, the winter months bring with them the risk of flu. This year, more than ever before, it has become increasingly important to protect yourself and others against the flu. With the world still grappling with the impact of Covid-19, it is expected that there would be a co-circulation of the winter flu virus as well as the Corona virus. Book for your flu jab NOW
Below are the top 5 myths about the flu jab;
Myth 1: Flu (Influenza) is not serious so I don’t need the vaccine
Fact: As many as 650,000 people a year can die of the flu worldwide. This only represents respiratory deaths, so the likely impact is even higher. Healthy people can get the flu too, but those whose immune systems are compromised are more vulnerable. Most people will recover within a few weeks, but some can develop complications such as sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, heart or brain inflammations.
Myth 2: The flu vaccine causes flu
Fact: The injected flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus that cannot give you the flu. Aches and slight fever are normal reactions of the immune system to the vaccine, and generally last a day or two.
Myth 3: The flu vaccine can cause severe side effects
Fact: The flu vaccine is proven to be safe. Severe side effects are extremely rare. One in a million people may get Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), which cause muscle weakness and paralysis.
Myth 4: I had the vaccine and still got the flu, so it doesn’t work
Fact: Several flu viruses are circulating all the time, which is why people may still get the flu despite being vaccinated since the vaccine is specific to certain strains. However, being vaccinated improves the chance of being protected from the flu. This is especially important to stop the virus affecting people with vulnerable immune systems.
Myth 5: I shouldn’t get the flu vaccine since I am pregnant
Fact: The inactivated flu vaccine is safe at any stage of pregnancy so pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine since their immune systems are weaker than usual.
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