We all are waiting for the development and approval of a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19. At the same time, we didn’t notice that there is another life-saving vaccine already available to nearly everyone. That is none other than the flu vaccine.
There is an unwanted misunderstanding between the people about the vaccine. The effectiveness of influenza vaccines is on a 50% average preventing the main strain of the virus. November, December, April, and May are considered as the flu seasons.
Reasons why the flu vaccine is administered every year
1) Flu virus mutates, and the mix of viral strains differs from year to year.
2) Even if the viruses don’t change significantly, immunity against them gradually wanes.
Michael T. Osterholm holds the position of infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, “Of course, we’d like a higher degree of effectiveness, but as with the flu vaccine, 50 percent protection is better than zero. A COVID vaccine probably won’t be nearly as effective as the childhood vaccines we’re familiar with,” Dr. Osterholm said.
Don’t forget to practice social distancing and wear masks in public even though you have adequate immunity power. Masks can reduce airborne transmission both indoors and outdoors. This disease can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, etc.
The antibodies developed inside the body of people following coronavirus infection wanes with time. As we mentioned earlier, the flu has a season, but Covid-19 doesn’t have one. This coronavirus is highly infectious, whether the weather is Hot, cold, dry, or wet. But it spreads readily from person to person, almost like the flu. And also can be transmitted even before those infected know they are contagious.
Children younger than six months and people with certain medical conditions should not go for a flu shot. It is always best not to get a flu shot when you are not feeling well.
Some forms of flu vaccine got approved only for use in adults. For example, the recombinant influenza vaccine Flublok Quadrivalent, which does not use viruses grown in eggs, is suitable for those 18 years and older.
An inactivated vaccine called Fluzone High-Dose is available for people above 65 age. It is also covered by Medicare. People living in nursing homes and other long term care centers highly recommended this vaccine.
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