Influenza is very common during the fall from October till mid of May; this illness is very dominant amongst children. During January and February, flu season is usually at its peak. Thus, it becomes very important to take necessary measures in order to prevent flu from spreading to family members; says Dr. Dana Johnson, a pediatrician for Meriter Health.
Influenza virus is very harmful; it is a respiratory syndrome, which is accompanied by symptoms like high fever, runny rose, body pain, low energy, chills, sore throat, and cough. People often misunderstand these symptoms for normal cold. However, people attacked with influenza often exhibit these symptoms very strongly. Also, it takes more than a week to get rid of this disease in majority of the cases.
Children are more prone to flu viruses; they also might encounter diarrhea and vomiting along with other symptoms. For those, whose immunity system is very weak, influenza can become a life risking disease. Children below the age of 2 years, and adults over 65 years of age have high chances of suffering from influenza. Even asthmatics and patients with chronic medical condition have high tendency to catch Influenza.
Dr. Dana strongly recommends all family members to be vaccinated, in order to reduce the risk of spreading influenza. Vaccination could be taken by two methods: one is through injection and another is nasal mist. Injections are meant for 6 months and above age group. Nasal vaccination is recommended for people who are in between 2 to 50 years of age. Nasal mist is attached to certain medical conditions due to which it is not highly recommended.
People who have severe egg allergic condition should always consult a doctor/allergist before taking the vaccination for flu. Influenza is a communicable virus. Since, children below 6 months cannot take the vaccination for this other housemates must compulsorily get themselves vaccinated, so that the disease does not spread to the infants.
Some children may require two vaccinations within a gap of one month. A pediatrician can help in determining the number of doses. People sometimes suffer from mild fever, muscle soreness, and headache after they receive vaccination. These are normal symptoms and after effects of taking flu vaccination. People who take nose spray experience runny rose thereafter. It takes some time for building immunity in the body to fight flu. You might even get flu immediately after taking the vaccination in some of the cases.
So, if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s time to take influenza vaccination because taking vaccination at the right time greatly helps in preventing possible seasonal illness.