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.
New flu vaccine on the market
This season we offer a new Sanofi Pasteur influenza vaccine (Vaxigrip Tetra), which protects against more circulating influenza viruses. Against flu can be vaccinated from 3 years of age and older.
Influenza: 1 unit of vaccine, including application at any of our clinics, costs CZK 570.
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 .