Flue shot and its advantages and different views
February 5, 2020BlogPreventive health
The time when to get the flu shot?
- This given in the early October and can give till December every year.
- From the flu shot, you will not get flue because the viruses are killed already. Since viruses are not living so no any chance to get an infection. If flu shot is given by nasal-spray version contains a crippled version of the live virus. But still no chances to get an infection. Your body takes 2 weeks to form the adequate number of antibodies. If you have an infection before or after just after getting the vaccination, then you may get an infection, but this not due to the vaccination and no need to blame the vaccine.
- Influenza is threatening to very young and elderly people. Or if the patients have underlying disease. CDC recommendation is that everybody should get the vaccination in flue season.
- More the people get flu shot, the less we get patients and fewer chances for kids and old people.
- Clinical symptoms:
- patients may get digestive distress and no doubt this is very rare. This is called stomach flu that may be due to a group of viruses and may lead to vomiting and diarrhea. This may be due to other viruses.
- Pregnant women can get the flu shot and is safe and for the baby for a few months. Babies at 6 months of age are eligible for vaccination. Flu shot to mother protect the babies after the birth and delivered via the breast milk.
- Flu spreads through the air droplets of saliva and washing the hands has no role. The droplets can land on you and get into nose, mouth, and eyes. You can get the infection by touching the contaminated surface because the virus can live outside to the body for 8 hours according to the CDC.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stand at least 6 feet away from the patient. It is considered that airborne droplet infection cannot travel further.
- Disinfect common areas in your home or workplace.
- Get vaccinated.
- This is true that the flu shot does not give 100% protection. This vaccination is effective about 60 to 90%. Because there are multiple strains of the viruses every year.
- If you get an infection after the shot then it means you got an infection with different strains and that will be less severe.
- Antibiotic doesn’t work in case of viruses.
- Antiviral drugs may be helpful. Tamiflu is the best example and it will cut short course of the disease for 1 to 2 days if you take within 48 hours of the infection.
Source = Health.com