HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FLU VACCINE DURING PANDEMY?

Adults who have received influenza vaccination have a lower risk of death when contracting Covid-19. Even the symptoms received are also classified as milder than other people who have not been immunized against influenza. This was conveyed by Dr. Dirga Sakti Rambe, M.Sc, Sp.PD, Internal Medicine Specialist and Vaccinologist.

WHO specifically mentions, especially for adults, during a pandemic it is best to get vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia or PCV. There are at least two large studies showing that patients who have had Covid-19 but have previously been vaccinated against influenza have a lower risk of death and less impact when contracted.

With the outbreak of the new corona virus, many people ignore other health conditions, and only focus on protecting themselves from the Covid-19 disease. While it is important to prevent the spread of the virus, it is also important to get the flu shot on time.

Keep in mind that, influenza vaccine is given once a year. Why does it have to be once a year? Because the influenza virus strains are always changing. As viruses continue to mutate, the flu vaccine will always be updated. The easiest way to remember a flu shot schedule is on our birthdays.

Many people think that it is not safe to get a flu shot during Covid-19 because they have to visit hospitals and medical clinics to get it. Meanwhile, these places are at high risk of transmitting the Corona virus. But in truth, doctors and medical professionals have taken extra precautions to keep patients safe. Also wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance, and make appointments to avoid crowds, and follow all guidelines given by professionals.

Moreover, nowadays many medical facilities offer home care services for vaccination. Fullerton Health also provides medical visits to homes or offices for various medical procedures that our customers require. Please contact the nearest Fullerton Health branch clinic for information on this service.

Therefore, don’t miss out on your flu vaccine schedule.

(From various sources).

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