Flu vaccination? We recommend it to everyone

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25. 10. 2023

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause serious health complications and is responsible for thousands of deaths every year. "Therefore, we recommend protecting yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated against the flu,” says MUDr. Marie Belejová, general practitioner at Canadian Medical.

Why get vaccinated against the flu?

Vaccination does not guarantee that we will not get sick; no vaccine can do that. However, it is true that if we get vaccinated and then get the flu, the course of the illness will be milder and we will spread less of the virus to others. Vaccination thus also has an effect on the viral load. By getting vaccinated, we not only help ourselves, but also protect the people around us.

For whom can vaccination be recommended?

We recommend it to everyone. There are groups who should be vaccinated in any case, i.e. people over the age of 65, diabetics, people with hypertension and cancer patients. These people should not hesitate to get vaccinated, but vaccination can really be recommended for everyone. Of course, it is always a good idea to individually consult one’s general practitioner regarding vaccination. This also applies for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Is it possible get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?

I will answer that in the opposite: it is not prohibited. Vaccination with both vaccines is possible in the case of healthy people who are not taking any medications. Again, it is a good idea to consult your attending physician regarding vaccination. And if you get both vaccines at the same time, then do so in different arms. It is also possible to choose getting the vaccinations a week apart, for example. Start with the flu vaccine and then get the new COVID-19 vaccine a week or two later.

What kind of vaccine is used against influenza?

As it happens every spring, experts from the World Health Organisation combined the four most likely variants, and we administer this four-strain vaccine. With respect to COVID-19, we also have an upgraded vaccine against the latest variant of the disease.

What regimen should be followed after vaccination?

Two days of rest. During that period, I recommend that you do not exert yourself and that you should get enough sleep, take in a sufficient amount of fluids and protect your respiratory tract. Over those two days, the body fights the virus delivered through the vaccination and we are thus somewhat weakened during that time.

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