There are many important reasons why getting immunised during the winter months is a necessary choice. While immunisations have come under fire because of their apparent health risks, there is no government-endorsed literature to suggest that a flu vaccination poses any health risks for the patient. If you are concerned in any capacity, read the following guide regarding the benefits of getting immunised during the influenza season.
Reduces your chances of getting sick
The most obvious benefit of getting the flu vaccination is the fact that it will greatly reduce your chances of contracting influenza and getting sick. Indeed, the immunisation consistently prevents millions of annual influenza cases, including serious hospitalisations.
Protection for vulnerable patients
In addition, the flu vaccination is very important in terms of minimising influenza-related hospitalisations in vulnerable patients. A 2014 study in the US found that the flu vaccination decreased children’s risk of hospitalisations by approximately 74% during the influenza season between 2010 and 2012.
Moreover, older patients are also at a greater risk of developing complications related to the virus. Herein, the immunisation not only prevents them from contracting the disease, but it also ensures they don’t develop other serious medical conditions because of it. The immunisation has even proven to save the lives of young children when their immune system is at its most vulnerable.
Protect women during pregnancy
Immunisations also greatly reduce the risk of some women developing respiratory infections while pregnant. Moreover, getting immunised has also been proven to help the baby from the influenza virus after birth. This is because the mother passes antibodies onto the child that help develop and strengthen its immune system in the infantile stage. This is very important because the child cannot receive the immunisation until they are approximately 6 months old – meaning they often go through this period unprotected.
Getting a flu vaccination is also beneficial in terms of building societal immunity. Increasing the rate of immunisations will only increase the coverage of protection against the disease, minimising the spread of the disease during the influenza season. It also works quite quickly, with effects of the flu vaccination kicking in after around 2-3 weeks. Therefore, it is generally recommended that patients receive their immunisation several weeks before they believe influenza season will kick in.
Great for the workplace
If you run or manage a large-scale business, you should certainly invest some time and money into corporate immunisation programs for your workers. Reducing the proportion of sick employees in the business environment will improve your productivity and efficiency margins. Not only will you have less workers calling in sick, you’ll have more employees working to the best of their ability for longer. It can also go a long way in terms of building a positive, healthy and fun corporate culture, in which your employees feel valued by the business.
Under the National Immunisation Program, many people are eligible for a free flu vaccination, so long as you stay on track with the immunisation schedule stipulated in the NIP. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescent (aged 5-14) have access to the immunisation at no cost.
Furthermore, it’s not as if there is only one brand or type of flu vaccination available to individuals. In fact, for those younger than 65 years of age, there are four different types:
- Fluarix Tetra (GSK)
- Flu Quadri Junior (Sanofi)
- Flu Quadri (Sanofi)
- Alfuria Quad (Seqirus)
For older patients, a stronger, more enhanced form of the immunisation is required. Known as a trivalent immunisation, the Fluad (Seqiris) version is viewed as the most effective formula supplied under the NIP.