Flu is a self limiting viral sickness for most of the people. They can recover in less than 2 weeks without medical care or antiviral drugs. But, it might lead to severe complications in some people, which can result in hospitalization and even death. Sinus infections and ear infections, Pneumonia and bronchitis, are some of the flu-related complications. Also, Flu can make the condition of people suffering from asthma and heart disease worse if attacks are triggered by Flu infection.
Persons at high risk from severe Flu
- Children younger than 5 years, especially younger than 2 years
- Senior citizens>65 years of age
- Pregnant women (and new mothers till 2 weeks after delivery)
- Health care workers, including doctors and nursing staff
Get yourself vaccinated if you belong to these categories
- Asthma patients
- Patients suffering from neurological, brain and spinal disorders
- Chronic lung disease patient
- Heart patients
- Persons with blood, endocrine (diabetes), kidney, liver and metabolic disorders
- AIDS and Cancer patients
- Persons receiving long term Aspirin therapy
- Extremely obese people with Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more
Now is the time to get the Flu vaccination done as Flu season is almost there with the approaching winters. Your body need at least 2 weeks to get the required immunity acquired by the Vaccine. Parents, you must vaccinate your children in age group >6 months-9 years.