Flu vaccines

Flu vaccines

Many people take a proactive approach to protect themselves against the influenza and getting a vaccination is a widely recognised strategy for preventing a seasonal flu. Here’s everything you need to know about flu vaccinations:


1. Flu vaccination is warranted


Up to 20% of the population get flu every year, and flu causes thousands of deaths annually. The more people who get flu, the more it spreads within a community.


2. Flu vaccination is not only for at-risk populations


Previously, flu vaccination campaigns have been aimed primarily at protecting people with a particular vulnerability to flu, such as the elderly or those with chronic medical conditions. However, even young and healthy individuals can benefit significantly by getting vaccinated, and international guidelines now recommend universal vaccination.


3. Flu vaccination side effects are generally mild


Most side effects to flu vaccination are not serious. You may notice redness or swelling at the site of the injection, but this usually passes in a few days. Some people may also experience mild flu symptoms like fever or body aches and pains, and these also tend to resolve within a few days. Serious side effects like difficulty breathing or dizziness are rare, and require immediate medical attention.


4. Flu vaccination is seasonal


The product used to vaccinate against the flu will vary from year to year, based on what is expected for the upcoming season. This means you will still need to go for a flu vaccination this year, even if you had one last year.


The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.