You had the flu?
Protect your family this winter
Influenza is a serious disease?
Someone who has flu will tell you that it is much worse than a cold. Cold tends to result in a runny nose, sneezing, headaches and chest cough - they all can pass in a few days. Flu on the other hand, may be more severe, leaving you in bed.
If you are elderly with a medical condition or have a weak immune system, the flu can develop complications putting your life in danger, such as pneumonia or lung infection.
How can you become ill?
Being highly contagious, flu can be passed by the infected person by sneezing or coughing in public areas and the transmission of the virus through the air.
A person sneezes, but do not cover their mouth and can propel 40.000 million drops of moisture and germs over a distance of over 6 m.
The virus can also be spread indirectly, when an infected person touches surfaces such as door handles, with unwashed hands.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms normally begin, a few days after being infected. Those who have the virus usually start to feel better within a week or so, however you may feel tired for a long time. Typical flu symptoms include:
A high temperature of 38 ° C or more
States and painful joints
Fatigue and general weakness
A sore throat
A dry cough chest
How the vaccine works?
The vaccine creates antibodies that fight infection and pick up a natural barrier of the body's defense against influenza, thus allowing the body either eliminate or reduce symptoms appear.
I need vaccination every year?
Yes, flu viruses can change each winter. With an annual vaccination is the best way to ensure you keep yourself protected. This year, the flu vaccine (which was recommended by the World Health Organization) will protect against three types of influenza virus:
A / H1N1 - flu strain causing the pandemic of swine flu in 2009
A / H3N2 - a strain of flu that can infect birds and mammals and has been active in 2011
B / Phuket / 3073/2013 - Influenza B virus is known to infect humans and seals
Can the flu from the vaccine?
No, this is a myth, you will not have any symptoms of flu. However, it may experience a sore arm, which could take a day or two. It may take 10-14 days for the vaccine to take effect.
I was vaccinated last year, but I did again influenza. Why is it so?
The vaccine protects against the most common forms of flu - although there is a small chance that you might catch a strain for which the vaccine does not protect. However, even if you got the flu after you made the flu vaccine, the severity of symptoms can be reduced.