A flu vaccination or influenza shot is one of the most important things that you can get as it serves to immunise you from the seasonal strain of influenza, a potentially fatal condition. While a few sneezes and snuffles are common throughout the course of everyone’s lives, an advanced influence can take you away from work for a long time and pose a risk to children around you.
Needless to say, getting your influenza shot is important – but how much do you know about this medical practise? The following will look at some information about flu vaccination that you should be aware of.
What is influenza?
Influenza is an illness of the respiratory system that is commonly called ‘the flu’ and symptoms typically include a cough, runny nose, fever a sore throat and general fatigue. Most of the time, with rest and fluids and perhaps an antibiotic prescription from a doctor, people can get over influenza in about a week, but this can vary.
A flu vaccination is necessary in the fight against the spread of influenza and this in turn prevents the condition from turning into something more serious like pneumonia or bronchitis. In fact, complications from influenza cause up to 3,500 deaths each year in Australia (mostly elderly).
How it the flu vaccination actually made?
Each year, WHO (world health organisation) discusses influenza at length with experts in the field twice a year before they make recommendations about what should go into the next flu vaccination. They collate and examine all the information there is about the current state of influenza worldwide and determine which strains will go into the new flu vaccination.
Why should I get a flu vaccination?
Influenza is highly contagious and spreads easily when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes or spreads the droplets of mucus on their hands via surfaces like doorknobs. This means that just going into the office when you have influenza puts everyone there at a high risk of coming into contact with your contaminants and getting infected themselves.
For all Australians 6 years and over in age, it is recommended that you get a flu vaccination once a year. This is typically done around the start of the influenza season and is not just important for protecting your own health or the health of your loved ones, but the health of wider society.
What is a workplace flu vaccination?
A workplace flu vaccination is a program in which your business can organise to have all your employees received their shot on the same day. This helps ensure that everyone in the workplace has the same immunity and that no sudden strain of influenza is going to cripple you by forcing workers to take time off for recovery.
This is a clever way for business managers to get ahead of the influenza season and ensure that all of their staff are compliant with the current medical standard. This is a prudent executive decision that demonstrates.
Link to autism?
In the last couple of years, there has been panic in some circles over the suggestion of a link between modern influenza shots and childhood autism. There have since been numerous studies attempting to identify this link, with none resulting in a positive match. There is a dangerous culture of misinformation out there being spread by morally indignant mothers that is causing avoidable influenza deaths to rise once again.