Influenza, commonly known as flu or ‘Trangkaso’, is an air-borne viral infection caused by an influenza virus. The influenza viruses are extremely contagious and can be passed from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can cause mild to severe illnesses which can lead to complications and can be life-threatening.
As the flu is easily transmitted through the air, anyone can get the virus. According to the Department of Health, Influenza is one of the common diseases during weather changes, especially during rainy season, when high humidity and continuous rain provide the perfect conditions for bacteria to spread.
- Muscle aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Antibiotic cannot be used to treat the flu, but a shot of influenza vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies that will protect you from the flu viruses.
- Influenza Vaccination can help you to recover faster so the flu will not develop into serious cases.
- Vaccination is proved to be one of the most effective ways to protect you and your family against all the vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Anyone from 6 months of age and older, particularly for pregnant women, infants, young children, and older adults (from 65 years old and above).
- People with certain health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, undergoing cancer treatment, regularly taking steroids, and patient with a weak immune system are at highest risk and recommended to get vaccinated.
- People who are allergic to chicken eggs.
- People who had severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine.
- As viruses evolve so quickly, new flu vaccines are released every year so it is recommended to get vaccinated annually before the flu begins spreading in your community.
- If you currently have the flu, the vaccine will help to make it less dangerous and keep you from spreading it to people around you.