Flu is a virus which means that antibiotics are ineffective. Therefore, people suffering from flu will need time to recover and let the body fight off the virus. The Flu virus is spread through particles in the air distributed by infected coughs and sneezes. Since we all breath the air, it is a perfect vehicle for spreading the virus, especially in areas where people work closely with others. The virus can also spread through contact, for example touching door handles or surfaces where the virus has been left by an infected person. Therefore, hand hygiene is so important in fighting the flu virus.
Vaccinations for flu are available from October each year. The best time to vaccinate is between October and November as flu is more prominent in the winter months. This will cover you for that year’s strain of flu.
Every year there are different strains of flu. Once vaccinated, you are only covered for the strain of flu in the vaccine. The Department of Health issues recommendations each year regarding which strain of flu should be included in the vaccine. The pharmaceutical companies then produce this vaccine and distribute it for administration. All flu vaccines used by Meiklejohn Pharmacies are those recommended by the DOH.
There are 2 main types of flu viruses. More than strain may be circulating at any one time, and different strains can appear at different times in the flu season. The 4-strain flu vaccine protects against four types of influenza – two viruses from the A class and two from the B class. The 3-strain vaccine only covers 3 strains of the influenza virus, but the 4-strain vaccine covers an additional flu virus strain, giving you broader coverage. The 4-strain vaccine has been shown to be more effective than the 3-strain vaccine in protecting against more serious cases of flu.
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