Why a Flu Jab Is Still a Good Idea Heading Into Winter

Flu season is around the corner and it’s time to get protected from that nasty and often dangerous virus, influenza. However, like so many others, you may be wondering whether you should still be getting the annual flu shot during the current pandemic.

We’ve asked our in-house healthcare specialists to answer some important questions so that you can be better protected from the flu – after all, maintaining good health has never mattered more.

• Do I really need a flu vaccine this year?

Getting a flu vaccine during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is more important than ever. Not only does it help to prevent you from contracting the flu virus, it will also reduce the burden of flu illnesses on the healthcare system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with Covid-19.

Flu vaccination is particularly important for people who are at risk for serious complications from the flu, especially those with chronic conditions, those over the age of 65, those between the ages of six months and five years and those who are pregnant.

The flu vaccine does not prevent you from contracting Covid-19 and it is important that there should be at least 14 days between having your flu vaccine and having the Covid vaccine. It would therefore be advisable to have your flu vaccine as soon as possible, before you have your Covid vaccine.

• How well will the flu vaccine protect me against the flu?

The flu vaccine has been shown to offer many benefits:
– It can help to protect you against the flu.
– It can help reduce the severity of flu illnesses.
– It can reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised with flu complications.
– It can even reduce the risk of flu-related death in children and adults.

• Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?

Every flu season is different. The flu viruses are changing constantly and the flu vaccine is updated each year in order to protect against the virus that is most common during the upcoming flu season. A person’s immune protection from the flu vaccine also declines over time, so an annual flu vaccine is recommended.

The flu season generally starts in May or June and you can get vaccinated as early as April. Speak to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about booking an appointment so you can tick this important item off your to-do list.

 

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