Flu wave: start vaccinations?

Flu wave: start vaccinations?



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Prepared for the flu wave and start vaccinations?
28.09.2014

The next wave of flu can come, in most federal states you are prepared. So also in Thuringia. The flu protection vaccine is now available there for medical practices. People from risk groups are advised to be vaccinated.

Similar demand as expected in the previous year Thuringia is prepared for the next flu wave. As a spokeswoman for the AOK Plus health insurance company said, the vaccine has already been delivered and is available for medical practices. This season, the statutory health insurance companies have concluded vaccine supply contracts with three pharmaceutical companies. It was announced that the pharmacies in the Free State anticipate similar demand as in the previous year. "For the first time in three years, the vaccination season has started without any problems," said the chairman of the Thuringian Pharmacists Association, Stefan Fink, to MDR Thuringia.

Every year around 500,000 people in Thuringia are vaccinated against viral flu (influenza). According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, 243 influenza diseases were registered in the Free State last season. Nationwide, the flu season was unusually weak last winter. However, the development is imponderable every year. The flu wave usually starts after the turn of the year, but individual cases usually occur earlier. The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) advises people from risk groups in particular to protect themselves. The best time for vaccination is from October to November.

Vaccination for people from risk groups The people who are advised to vaccinate include older people over the age of 60, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma or cardiovascular diseases, and medical personnel. In these groups, the vaccination rate is too low and there is also a greater risk that an infection will take a more severe course. Critics of the flu shot keep pointing out the potential side effects that this can bring. For example, there may be redness and swelling of the puncture site, fatigue, muscle and limb pain, nausea, shivering, headache, fever or loss of appetite. However, such vaccination reactions usually subside after one to three days.

Prevention is safer Vaccination does not offer 100% protection against flu. It is not only for this reason that experts regularly point out that a healthy lifestyle, such as sport and a balanced diet, can keep you fit and that the immune system can be strengthened with naturopathy and is therefore better prepared for a wide variety of infections. It is also advisable to comply with certain hygiene rules. Among other things, the risk of infection can be reduced by avoiding the coughing or sneezing of people as much as possible, using paper towels instead of handkerchiefs and airing more often. It is also important to wash your hands thoroughly again and again. (ad)

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