4 questions you may have about getting your flu shot, answered

By YOU
03 April 2017

You can’t avoid people, but you can avoid catching the flu.

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Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season!

Now, more than ever, healthcare professionals are drawing their patients’ attention to the importance of protecting themselves and their families against flu.

Below is a list of commonly asked questions on flu.

1. Are some people more at risk than others?

Yes. These are the high-risk groups*:

  • People aged 65 or older.
  • People who have chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
  • People with weakened immune systems.
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum.
  • Young children under 5, and especially those under 2 years of age.
  • People who are very obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher.

2. What about children?

Children at school or in day care centres have an increased risk of catching flu, so it’s wise to have them vaccinated.

3. Why should I get vaccinated annually?

Flu viruses change, and every year the flu vaccine is adapted to the virus in circulation in that year.

4. What are the symptoms of influenza?

  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sore throat

Remember FLU FACTS:

F = Fever

A = Aches and pains

C = Chills

T = Tiredness

S = Sudden onset

Ask your healthcare professional about ABBOTT’S flu vaccine

Reference:*Mayo Clinic Staff. 2016. Mayo Clinic. [ONLINE] Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/home/ovc-20248057. [Accessed 15 February 2017].

Abbott Laboratories S.A. (Pty) Ltd, Reg. No. 1940/014043/07, Abbott Place, 219 Golf Club Terrace, Constantia Kloof, 1709. Tel No.: 011 858 2000. Date of publication: March 2017

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