Prevent The FLU! Get The Vaccine

August 1, 2006

Imagesflu Just arrived in Cebu form Beijing and one of the most feared areas for me to catch flu is boarding on a plane.  I feel lucky if I am seated next to somebody without cough or colds…otherwise brace yourself for the flu season.

Influenza also known as flu is caused by a virus.  It is pretty contagious and usually infect the respiratory tract and will manifest as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and body aches. You can easily get the virus if you come in contact with somebody harboring the virus.  And it can be anywhere … while attending mass in the church, watching movies or inside the plane.  Coming in contact with people daily is a risk in itself.

Fortunately, this disease can now be prevented because of the Flu Vaccine.  Anybody above the age of 6 months can avail of this vaccine.  This is given every year depending of what three types of flu viruses will be predicted to affect people in that year.  For this year, the vaccine has been available since April.

It is generally recommended to all individuals > 65 years of age and I always recommend it to all my diabetic patients irregardless of age.  Likewise patients with chronic illnesses like asthma, kidney or heart disease should have this injection once a year.

This vaccine can prevent flu in 70% to 90% of the time.  If you get the flu inspite of the vaccine, normally, it has a reduced severity and duration avoiding hospital stay.  People however who are allergic to eggs should avoid this vaccine.

My advise if you get a Flu?  As simple as what our mothers have taught us: plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids, wash your hands to avoid spread and definitely stay home.

Prevent the Flu- Have Yourself Vaccinated!

One Response to “Prevent The FLU! Get The Vaccine”

  1. Carmela Says:

    hi doc gerry, i had my self vaccinated last week, thanks to fluarix =)question doc: is it true that an after effect of having vaccinated is having fever? because i got vaccinated last thursday and i had fever last saturday until now. can i attribute it to the flu vaccine?

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