Friday, September 1, 2023

Choose to be protected: Schedule your annual flu shot

 


Now that more than 170 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered[1] many are excited to make up for all the things they missed during the height of the pandemic. However, because health restrictions have been mostly lifted, there is still the risk of getting exposed to different threats like the flu.

 

Preventive healthcare through routine immunization is the best protection from it because the strain and severity of flu changes from season to season.[2]

 

What is the flu?

 

Influenza, or flu for short, is a viral respiratory infection that causes mild to severe illness, and even death. Its symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, or a runny or stuffy nose. Other possible symptoms include body aches, headaches, and tiredness. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, but this is more common in children.[3]

 

The flu is contagious and is spread through tiny droplets transmitted via coughing, sneezing, or talking.[4] Close contact is the most common way to get the flu, but it may also be transmitted by touching an object that someone with the virus has coughed or sneezed on. The virus may stay infectious for hours to days, and will stay active longer on hard surfaces like plastic or stainless steel.[5]

 

Flu and cold share symptoms but they are caused by different viruses. The flu is more intense in terms of symptoms. It also affects everyone, even young and healthy people, at any time of the year. It is a constant threat, which is why it is important to protect oneself against it.[6]

 

Timely immunization is the best weapon against the flu[7]

 

It’s recommended to get annual immunization since vaccines change each year to match the flu viruses going around at the moment.[8] Immunity from the flu vaccine declines over time, so a regular schedule is


[1] Philippines Situation. (Data as of 2023, Mar 1). World Health Organization (WHO), https://covid19.who.int/region/wpro/country/ph. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[2] Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (Last reviewed 2022, Oct 24). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=Flu%20is%20a%20contagious%20respiratory,Flu%20Symptoms. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[3] Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (Last reviewed 2022, Oct 24). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=Flu%20is%20a%20contagious%20respiratory,Flu%20Symptoms. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[4] Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (Last reviewed 2022, Oct 24). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=Flu%20is%20a%20contagious%20respiratory,Flu%20Symptoms. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[5] Cold and flu viruses: How long can they live outside the body? (2021, Nov 10). Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/expert-answers/infectious-disease/faq-20057907. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[6] What are the benefits of flu vaccination? (2022, Sep 13). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[7] Seasonal Flu Vaccines. (2022, August 25). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm. Accessed 06 June 2023.

[8] Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (Last reviewed 2022, Oct 24). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=Flu%20is%20a%20contagious%20respiratory,Flu%20Symptoms. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.


critical to get the best protection and you don’t even need to wait for a year to renew your flu shot.[1] As soon as the new variant comes out, you can set an appointment with your doctor and get vaccinated.

 

There are other benefits to getting yearly immunization. Besides protection, flu vaccines promote savings for individuals, families, and even employers and healthcare systems.[2] Individuals inoculated with the flu vaccine reduce their risk of going to the doctor by up to 60%.[3] This is advantageous, considering that the cost of hospitalization can range from P10,000 to P30,000 per visit[4] and the average monthly income for Filipino families is P25,599.[5]

 

Get immunized today

 

“The flu shot does not guarantee that you won’t get sick, but it will significantly reduce your risk. This is important as we have adjusted to the new way of life and Filipinos are making plans to travel, meet friends and family, and go back to the office and school. We encourage everyone to get the new flu vaccine so they can be unstoppable as they mark their milestones this year,” says Dr. Kevin Bautista, GSK Medical Affairs Manager.

 

Consult your doctor to schedule a flu vaccine. Hospitals and clinics nationwide also offer flu vaccination services.

 

 

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[1] Seasonal Flu Vaccines. (2022, August 25). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm. Accessed 06 June 2023.

[2] Guidance on the economic evaluation of influenza vaccination. (2016, Sep). World Health Organization, https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/250086/WHO-IVB-16.05-eng.pdf. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[3] What are the benefits of flu vaccination? (2022, Sep 13). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[4] Flu in the Philippines: Insights into Perception and Action on Vaccination. (2020, Jan 13). Ipsos, https://www.ipsos.com/sites/default/files/ct/publication/documents/2020-02/ph_whitepaper.pdf. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

[5] Tougher days ahead: Household income, spending falling. (2022, Sep 29). The Philippine Daily Inquirer, https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1672715/tougher-days-ahead-household-income-spending-falling. Accessed 13 Mar 2023.

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