What is infectious flu?
Influenza is the most common acute febrile disease, which spreads rapidly within the human population and is caused by a constantly mutating virus. It affects 10% of the world's population annually, and as much as 40-50% during a pandemic. Because of its frequent occurrence, the lay public (and often experts as well) consider the flu to be a trivial illness. It is usually manifested by these clinical symptoms: fatigue, increased temperature, headache, cough, runny nose. Unlike a conventional viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, the flu is a serious illness, which can be fatal.
Prevention against the flu
The only highly effective prevention against the flu is vaccination. It is especially useful in protecting patients with chronic illnesses, although vaccination will be appreciated even by a healthy person who can be protected from unnecessary health problems.
When to get vaccinated
Influenza vaccination for adults is conducted each year by applying one dose of vaccine before the influenza epidemic period, for a vaccination provides reliable protection for only 14 days after inoculation. However, one can be vaccinated at any time, even during a flu epidemic.
Flu’s incubation period ranges from one to four days, but the creation of anti-flu antibodies takes approximately 14 days after vaccination. Simple mathematical reasoning therefore suggests that the peak of an epidemic can be upon us before we become immune to the flu even after a vaccination administered today. If a patient has himself or herself vaccinated against the flu during an epidemic, the vaccine may not provide the protection expected. On the other hand, it’s not possible to say that the vaccine would be totally ineffective. It depends on how long after the vaccination the body is exposed to the flu virus.
Our doctors recommend vaccination for many reasons
Research shows that vaccination against the flu in younger people lowers illness by 5-6 times in comparison with the unvaccinated population. In addition, a patient weakened by seasonal flu is at greater risk of contracting pandemic flu (few years ago, for example, swine flu). If a patient is vaccinated against seasonal flu, it is easier to diagnose flu caused by pandemic influenza.
Influenza Vaccination Can Be Combined With Vaccination against Pneumococcal Disease
Pneumococcal infection can cause quite serious pneumonia or even meningitis. Immunization against this bacterium can be administered simultaneously with influenza vaccine or shortly after. If you decide for vaccination against influenza, we would suggest considering also vaccination against pneumococcal infection. Suitable vaccine and vaccination scheme will be recommended by our doctor.
Influenza: 1 unit of vaccine, including application at any of our clinics, costs CZK 480.
Pneumococcus (adults): the price of vaccine (including administration) at one of our clinics:
Vaccine Prevenar...................................... 1630 CZK
Vaccine Pneumo....................................... 650 CZK
If you’re interested in an individual vaccination, contact our reception telephone line on 235 360 133 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The clinic also provides group vaccinations with a doctor’s visit to the required site.
If you’re interested in vaccination for larger groups, contact our coordinator by email at email@example.com.