Many myths circulating about the flu and its vaccine. Let’s review the ten most common.
No, the flu is more than that. In general, she nailed you in bed for two or three days. Symptoms can appear quite suddenly: fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, cough, sore throat … Pneumonia is a possible complication.
2. Vitamin C helps prevent the flu
Taking vitamin C is often promoted under the pretext that it would increase resistance to respiratory infections, but this effect has never been demonstrated . In fact, it is almost certain that it is ineffective to prevent flu.
3. Influenza should be treated with antibiotics
For it is sometimes severe, flu can not be treated with antibiotic shots: there is a caused by a virus infection, against which antibiotics can do nothing. Antiviral medications are sometimes prescribed, but they do reduce symptoms only if it is taken quickly. As for antibiotics, they are only prescribed in cases of complications, such as pneumonia.
4. The vaccine against influenza can cause flu-like symptoms
The vaccine contains inactivated viruses (3 or 4 common strains), which may never result in a true influenza. However, a reaction may occur at the injection site: mild redness and swelling, sometimes accompanied by a slight fever and muscle aches, but everything works out after a few days.
5. The person who contracted flu is a real protection for life and does not need to be vaccinated
Unfortunately not, because the influenza viruses have a habit of mutating each year: their envelope is new, and the antibodies developed against so you have the envelope of the virus that was previously assigned to you are therefore ineffective. That is why it must be vaccinated again every year.
6. Pregnant women can not be vaccinated against influenza
It is even advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible during pregnancy. Contracting influenza during this period can make them very ill, which is certainly not desirable for the baby.
7. The vaccine against influenza is free
It costs between 10 and 12 €. If you belong to a risk group, you may receive a partial refund and will have to personally pay 6 €. Many mutual offer additional reimbursement, and more and more companies offer free vaccine to their staff, just to avoid too high absenteeism. One in ten, on average, every winter will be seized, and it can play tricks on employers.
8. Vaccination against influenza is not intended for children
It can be given to children from the age of six months. It is generally advisable to holders kids with severe chronic disease, those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and those whose resistance is reduced for any reason whatsoever.
9. Anyone who has the flu in early autumn must not be vaccinated
Vaccination is also recommended because it, in most cases, several virus strains circulating the same time, and generally develops antibody against one of them. Perhaps he did not was a real influenza because this word is often used to indiscriminately.
10. It is too late to be vaccinated if it was not done in October or November
The vaccination campaign against the flu usually starts in October but can be vaccinated without problems until March. Influenza can indeed move so late in the winter season. Keep still in mind that it takes two weeks to be protected by the vaccine.