Flu and vaccinations – Pharmacy Cape Quarter
What is Flu?
Flu, or influenza, is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. Each year a 5% to 10% of adults and 20% to 30% of children catch flu.
Flu spreads easily from person to person through droplet distribution when an infected person coughs or sneezes or, quite commonly, through hand-to-hand contact.
Influenza viruses can infect the nose, throat, sinuses, upper airways and lungs. In healthy children, young adults and middle-aged people the disease is mostly mild. Flu can, however, be life-threatening in older people, babies, toddlers and in people of any age who have certain underlying conditions.
Those who are at highest risk of contracting flu should do everything they can to prevent and avoid the illness and should be treated as soon as possible if complications develop.
How do flu vaccines work?
The vaccine is made up of small inactive parts of that season’s flu virus. Being inactive, it cannot infect your body with the virus, yet it allows your body to make antibodies to fight the flu.
In that way, you’re building up immunity. Should a pandemic occur, at least your body has had time to acquire immunity to currently circulating flu viruses.
Is the flu vaccine safe?
Yes. Flu vaccines are generally well tolerated. The most frequent associated reaction is mild soreness at the injection site. The inactivated flu vaccine contains non-infectious killed viruses, which merely alert the body to the threat of the virus. The vaccine will not give you flu.
Who should not get vaccinated?
Women in their first trimester of pregnancy and those who are allergic to eggs, as the vaccine is grown in hens eggs
When is the best time to get a
Due to the fact that flu seasons vary in length and severity, you may go for your flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available and throughout the entire season.
Why should I get a flu shot every year?
The flu viruses are constantly changing. Generally, new influenza virus strains circulate every flu season. Each year, before flu season, the most recent circulating viruses are identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and are included in a new vaccine formula in order to offer the best protection.
What will flu vaccination do for me?
- Potentially life – saving for people at risk
- Prevents flu – associated illness and hospitalisation
- Prevents flu – associated absenteeism from work or school
- Reduces the risk of transmitting flu to family members, friends or co-workers
Get a Flu vaccine at the Pharmacy at Cape Quarter Food Spar.