A flu vaccine is an injection into the arm to protect against the flu and its complications. In this week’s article, we will try to eliminate the question marks in your mind by dealing with the flu vaccine, which is the most effective way to prevent the flu, in detail. Let’s get started if you’re wondering about the effects, types, and benefits of the flu vaccine and more.

Why Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?

 Every year, the flu virus changes, affecting people in a variety of ways. These effects can be in the form of a severe course of the disease, hospitalization, or even death from flu-related causes. The best way to protect against the flu is the annual seasonal flu vaccine. It should be noted that flu is a potentially serious illness. Studies have shown that the vaccine has many benefits, such as reducing the risk of getting flu, hospitalization, and reducing the risk of flu-related death in children.  [1]

What Are the Types of Seasonal Flu Vaccine?

 The flu vaccine has been produced to protect against three different seasonal flu viruses. These vaccines are called trivalent vaccines; It is effective against one of the two components of influenza A, H1N1 and influenza B strain. In some countries, tetravalent vaccines that affect both components of influenza B strain are used. There are two common types of influenza vaccines:

 Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (IIV)

  • Viruses included in these vaccines are made inactivated,
  • Approved for pregnant women, people with chronic problems, and people over at least 6 months old,
  • 1 dose is injected into the thigh or muscle,
  • It may cause side effects such as temporary fever and weakness in people who have not been exposed to influenza vaccine antigens before.

 Live Attenuated Flu Vaccines (LAIV)

  • Made of reduced or attenuated viruses,
  • Approved for people aged 2-49 years without chronic illnesses,
  • It is given as 1 dose nasal spray,
  • Side effects are mild and transient compared to flu infection symptoms.  

What are the Benefits of the Flu Vaccine:

  •  Flu vaccine can protect you from the flu
  •  An essential protective tool for people with chronic illnesses
  •  Help prevent flu during and after pregnancy
  •  Flu vaccine can be life-saving in children
  •   Studies have shown that the severity of the illness decreases in people who have the flu vaccine but still get sick.

Why do I need a flu vaccine  every year:

 Cause 1: Immune protection against the vaccine decreases over time.  An annual vaccine is needed for optimum protection.

 Cause 2: As influenza viruses are constantly changing, research can update the flu vaccine from one season to the next.  [3]

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