Experts: Its importance is increasing with the spread of Corona infection

The flu shot is not a luxury this coming winter season

  • Vaccinating young people against influenza helps reduce the burden on the health system.

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Influenza is a common disease during the fall and winter seasons, and although it is often a simple disease, in some cases it may be very dangerous.

The influenza vaccine helps prevent infection, but will the importance of this vaccine increase with the spread of Corona infection next winter?

The German Robert Koch Institute confirmed that the groups at risk of contracting influenza are the same groups at risk of infection with the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) to a large extent, and they are: the elderly over 60 years old, and patients suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes or HIV Human or asthma.

Influenza vaccination is also recommended for medical personnel in hospitals, nursing homes and facilities for the elderly, in the health sector, for pregnant women, and for caregivers of high-risk patients.

Reduce the burden

Doctors see that with the spread of Corona infection, it is especially important to vaccinate many doctors, and even ordinary people this year, noting that it is not a luxury for many, especially this year.

And infectious disease scientist Bernd Zalsberger indicated that it is advisable to prevent colds and the like this winter, which at least protects against going to the hospital and infection.

As for vaccinating children against influenza in light of the Corona epidemic, the German virologist Ulrike Br├╝tzer said that if children and young people are also vaccinated against influenza, this may help reduce the burden on the health system, and not cause them to transmit infection to those who are older at home As parents and grandparents.

Increased activity

The general recommendation is to get vaccination from the end of October to the beginning of November, and the reason for this is that the optimal preventive effect begins about two weeks after the injection, and slowly decreases after three months, which is the time when the flu waves begin to spread, that is, the activity of influenza viruses increases.

But what protection does vaccination offer?

This protection varies and its amount, but it certainly does not fully protect, the protection may reach 80%, however, protection may be bad when the correct state of viruses is not expected, which will spread in the next season.

Means of prevention

Doctors have confirmed that what protects against "Corona" infection is the same as what prevents colds and regular flu.

The means of prevention are to wash hands with soap and water regularly, wear a mask, and follow a healthy lifestyle based on exercise, a proper diet, ventilation of homes and closed places, and adequate safety distances.

Infectious disease scientist:

"It is advisable to prevent colds and the like this winter, which will at least protect against going to the hospital and infection."

The protection varies and its amount .. The protection may reach 80%.

The general recommendation is to get vaccinated from the end of October to the beginning of November.

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