Should you get a flu vaccine?

Flu prevention remedies include a flu vaccination (or ‘flu jab’), good personal hygiene and antiviral medication.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the latest flu vaccine. This vaccination is the most effective way of fighting flu. It works by using inactivated viruses to prompt your immune system to produce antibodies (proteins that neutralise viruses). While no vaccine is 100 percent effective, even if you do catch the flu, it’ll be short-lived and much less severe than if you opted not to get vaccinated.

Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious flu complications, and for people who live with or care for high-risk individuals.

The WHO recommends annual vaccination specifically for:

  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Children aged six months to five years
  • Elderly individuals (+65 years of age)
  • Individuals with chronic medical conditions
  • Healthcare workers.

A flu vaccination does not guarantee protection against the flu. Some people who get vaccinated might still get sick. However, people who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.

If you’re at risk, have an existing medical condition or if there’s a lot of flu around, antiviral medication is recommended. These include prescription pills, liquids or inhalers.

Ensure you practise good hygiene too: Wash your hands often, keep your mouth and nose covered when you cough or sneeze, and avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth as this spreads germs.

How Clicks Clinics can help you during the flu season

Book an appointment for a flu vaccination at a Clicks Clinic by calling 0860 254 257 or visiting Clicks Clinics online. The good news is that most medical aids now cover the flu vaccination and sometimes even reward members. 

Take note that the following people cannot get vaccinated:

  • Babies younger than 6 months
  • Anyone allergic to eggs
  • Anyone who already has a fever
  • Anyone who has shown a past reaction to a vaccine

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