This flu shot can help keep you from catching the flu. “You can vaccinate against influenza but not the common cold so a person can still experience a cold following a flu shot,” he says. As a matter of fact, most people are not aware of the distinct difference between a cold and the flu. The flu is caused by different virus types in contrast to a cold.
Each year a seasonal flu vaccine is developed and made available in South Africa to protect individuals against the most common strains of this extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses.
Getting a seasonal flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against the flu viruses going around each year, says Graham Anderson, CEO and principal Officer at Profmed.
He advises members of the public to head to your doctor early on in the season – as soon as the vaccine becomes available and get yourself vaccinated, he says.
Anderson adds that although the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, if you are healthy person generally, the flu vaccine can lessen the severity and duration of your symptoms.
He adds that South Africans can also take some basic preventative steps to protect themselves from coming down with the flu bug. He offers the following tips to safeguard oneself against the dreaded colds and flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are already sick, and vice versa, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- If possible, stay home and avoid public places when you are ill. This will help contain the infection.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from bacteria. If soap and water are not available, use a waterless hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at work or at home, especially when someone has the sniffles.
- Get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Profmed recently held an event at their Parktown offices where members of the public were invited for a free flu vaccination and the opportunity to meet the CEO and Principal Officer, Graham Anderson.
Here are some of the photos: