The importance of Flu Vaccine
Some voices advocates against the flu vaccine saying that it is not necessary to get this shot once a year and that the public is much more victim of a systematic media propaganda of big pharma labs trying to sell their vaccines rather than a genuine concern to protect the consumers’ Health.
Well, my Grandmother is soon turning 99 years old this year. Every fall, she religiously goes to see her GP and gets her flu vaccine but early this year we came close to lose her. In fact, last February, despite her vaccination, she contracted the flu virus like many other people . This is because in 2014-2015, the vaccine was less effective than other years. For more info : http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20141204/this-years-flu-vaccine-less-effective-than-hoped
Somehow, thank goodness she did her flu vaccine because this year flu was so nasty that her shot protected her of complications and made her flu less severe. Indeed, she recovered fast.
Health authorities in various European countries recommend that elderly people should be vaccinanted systematicaly once they are over 65 years old. In fact, not only them should be vaccinated but also the persons taking care of them and their imediate family. In Switzerland, every year 1000 to 5000 hospitalisations will be caused by the flu.
The flue vaccine may have some minor side effects such as redness or rashes at the point of injection during a couple of days. And other than some allergies to eggs proteins or components of the vaccine, there are no counter-indications to get the shot after the age of six months.
Even if the vaccine offer a good protection, this off course does not prevent the person to act wisely and eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggetables. Articles, online research or other readings can be a good source of tips and recipes to boost one’s immune system, which would help to stay well in Winter.