Influenza Vaccination

The influenza vaccine serves the purpose of preventing influenza, also known as the flu, which is a prevalent infection caused by Influenza virus types A and B. It can be given through either a muscle injection or a subcutaneous injection just beneath the skin.

It typically takes a minimum of two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection after administration.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, and coughing.

Who Should Consider Getting the Influenza Vaccine?

As per the recommendations provided by the National Adult Immunization Schedule (NAIS) and National Childhood Immunization Schedule (NCIS):

The flu jab is recommended for individuals of all age groups, particularly those who are at a high risk of developing complications from influenza, such as: 

1. Children between 6 months and 59 months old

2. Individuals aged 65 years and older

3. Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy 

4. Individuals with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, and kidney disease 

5. Individuals with weakened immune systems due to conditions like leukaemia, HIV, spleen removal, or organ transplant, as well as those undergoing certain treatments such as long-term steroid use, specific cancer drugs, or radiation therapy 

6. Residents staying in intermediate or long-term care facilities 

7. Individuals aged 18 years or younger who require long-term aspirin therapy 

It is recommended to receive at least one dose of the vaccine annually due to the continuous changes in flu viruses. Over time, the body’s immunity to influenza viruses can decline. 

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