When fall approaches, the flu season is upon us. After a very special year in terms of circulating viruses, what can we expect in terms of influenza for this year? Difficult to predict! Several factors must be considered. First, it is important to remember that the flu vaccine protects against certain strains of the influenza virus only. These strains vary each year and this is why the vaccine should be given annually. It is therefore possible to have the flu despite having received the vaccine, if the strain related to the infection differs from that contained in the vaccine. In addition, the flu vaccine does not protect against colds or infections caused by bacteria.
The vaccine is prescribed especially for high-risk clients such as people with chronic diseases, pregnant women, immunosuppressed people, young children and the elderly. However, it is also highly recommended that those close to these people get vaccinated as well. By protecting themselves, they protect the people around them at the same time.
Even if you are in good health, the vaccine can be beneficial. As this is the most effective means of prevention, it may help you reduce your absenteeism at work so you can fully enjoy the winter period. The flu can hit hard and without warning. The virus can shut you down for several days.