A flu (influenza) shot is an influenza immunization given with a needle, as a rule in the arm. Seasonal influenza shots ensure against the three or four flu viruses. According to medical science, a person should get flu jabs by end of October, before flu begins to spread in your surroundings. However people continue to take vaccination throughout the whole flu season. Flu shots and flu jabs are other names of influenza vaccines. The flu vaccination is effective for only one season, for tenure of approximately up to six months. As per doctor’s recommendation everyone above age of six months should get flu shots annually.

Flu vaccination is always safe but there are some exceptions, these people should avoid flu jabs

  • Children less than age of six months
  • People who have severe reactions after getting flu jabs
  • Those who have allergy with egg or mercury
  • People with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

 

Benefits of seasonal flu shots

The major reason to get flu shots in future is the on-going COVID 19 pandemic, getting flu jabs in year 2021-2022 is more important than ever before. Flu vaccination is not preventive against COVID-19 virus but it can reduce the risk of influenza and hospitalization where there is always risk of exposure from other COVID-19 positive patients, which in turn can be life threatening situation. Flu vaccination is lifesaving factor for people who have high risk of severe flu complications.

Several benefits of seasonal flu shots are:

 

1 -Prevention from getting sick with flu

Flu jabs play an important role in prevention of millions of people from illness every year, which in turn reduce numbers of flu-related doctor’s visit every year. As per CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention Center) report for year 2019-2021, it  has protected 7.5 million people from influenza, reduced up to 3.7 million  medical visits, which are directly associated with influenza, save 105,000 people from getting hospitalized and secure 6300 influenza-associated people from death.

 

2-Benefits of flu jabs for people with chronic diseases

People with chronic lungs diseases must take flu vaccination every year, it helps person with chronic lungs disease to reduce risk of getting hospitalized. According to medical research, flu vaccination help to reduce hospitalization of patients with diabetes and chronic lungs illness. Person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), flu vaccination also reduce rates of cardiac events in people with cardiac events history.

 

3-Reduce risk of hospitalization in children and adults

Flu shots reduced risk of flu-associated admissions in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) by 74 % 2010-2012. In 2018 according to a research in adults, flu shots reduced risk of flu-associated admissions in intensive care unit (ICU) by 82%. Flu vaccination create an immunization against influenza and other influenza-associated diseases.  Flu vaccination avoid worsening of chronic health diseases.

 

4-Benefits of flu vaccination for women during and after pregnancy

Women with pregnancy should get flu shots because, flu jabs reduce the risk of respiratory disorders. It is noticed that pregnant women those who get flu vaccination, these women have lower risk to get hospitalized due to flu- associated illness as compare to the women without flu vaccination.

When a pregnant women get flu shots it also protects child against flu virus. Flu vaccination not even protect child before birth but also few months after birth child remain protected by flu viruses.

 

5- You can protect you community by getting flu shots

When you get vaccinated by flu shots, you are not only protecting yourself against influenza virus, by getting vaccinated you are also protecting people in your surroundings, it is often we come In to contact with new born babies and to the people who are not eligible to get flu shots, we are indirectly protecting these people by getting ourselves vaccinated. This called herd immunity and this is the key important factor to fight against diseases. If you are eligible, you must have flu shots yearly on time.

 

Methods of flu shots

In general medical practice flu shots are given by injection or through nasal spray. Flu shots usually comes in variety you should contact your doctor about which one is suitable for you.

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