We got used to mild winters for a couple of years now, but this winter is the odd one out. Flu epidemic alert has been made public by the Public Health Agency (PHA), urging the population to get vaccinated before it gets worse. The vaccine needs up to two weeks to reach full effect, and it might be too late if people wait until the epidemic is in full blown.
Considering the unpredictability of flu, the currently low flu rates should not discourage people to get the free vaccine right away. Experts from the UK predict an awful flu season, backed up by foreign experts from different countries, all concerned about what this new epidemic might do to the population’s health.
Reports show that diseases caused by the flu have been more severe this season, affecting mainly the older and the young, due to low immunity and lack of vaccination. Unfortunately, in the US, more than 30 people have died from the flu this season.
People “at risk” are prompted to get vaccinated, as the reports show increasing levels of flu around the country. Vaccines from other seasons might not have any effect now, as the flu virus can change each new season, so it is important that you get the shot again.
Even though people might try to cure the flu with homemade remedies, doctors insist that the flu vaccine remains the best solution for protecting your own health, and the health of those around you. The flu’s contagion level is the reason why an epidemic is such an unpredictable and possible case scenario.
The vaccine is strongly recommended to all, even to those who feel healthy and in no danger at the present time, as the flu is an airborne virus and travels very fast, forming risk groups. To all those who have doubts about it, the vaccine does not infect you with the flu virus, but protection against the complications the flu might create, such as pneumonia, which can be a real threat to your life.
The most prone to getting the virus are the youngsters, who spread the flu very easily, and infect all those who the come in contact with. In order to prevent this kind of focus areas, the vaccines are now also available in preschools and primary schools.
The flu vaccine cannot do wonders on its own. People are encouraged to keep maintaining a proper hygiene and avoid crowded areas, as much as possible. The spreading of flu can be best prevented by regular hand washing with warm water and soap, and using disposable tissues in case of coughs and sneezes.
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