The flu vaccine: Debunking the myths
Keywords: flu vaccines, influenza
AbstractThe flu season is upon us again. Influenza or “flu” is an acute viral respiratory infection caused by seasonal influenza viruses. Some people may not experience any symptoms or may only experience mild flu symptoms after being infected. However, flu can also cause severe illness, which can result in serious complications, hospitalisation or death. The flu vaccine is one of the most effective methods to reduce the chance of becoming infected with the flu. The flu vaccine can be given from 6 months of age and is recommended for everyone, but particularly for those at high risk of complications of flu and for health care workers. This article will be focusing on some of the misconceptions about the flu vaccine.
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