The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. While it is still too early to tell whether the flu season will be more severe this year, it is not too late to get vaccinated. According to the WHO and medical experts, getting vaccinated is by far the most effective way to prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by flu viruses.
Everyone should get the flu vaccine in Hong Kong every year (except babies under the age of 6 months). The ones that are most vulnerable are:
Now. You or your family members should get vaccinated as soon as possible. The flu shot takes about four weeks to become effective and it will protect you during Hong Kong’s seasonal influenza commonly between January to May and mid June to August.
In Hong Kong you can either get the flu shot through the vaccination subsidy scheme to encourage most vulnerable people to get vaccinated – or privately without any subsidy.
Although the flu vaccine is based on a previous year’s antigen and may not offer protection to a new virus in the coming year, it is still worth making a regular habit of getting vaccinated for the flu as it builds your bank of immunity over several years. And it is best to start young and keep the momentum up over the years.
Yes. Effectiveness is reduced if the viruses used to make the vaccine are not closely matched to those circulating in the community. That being said, even when the viruses are not closely matched, vaccination can still protect you and others and prevent complications.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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