Flu vaccination. To do or not to do?

With the beginning of autumn, the influenza virus begins its “victory march” not only through Russia, but throughout the world, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In this issue, we’ll tell you whether you should be vaccinated against this disease and whether it can harm you.

According to the World Health Organization, during seasonal outbreaks of influenza, about 5 million people experience complications as a result of the disease, and no less than 250 thousand die. If we talk about Russia, here this figure rises to 1000 people per year. However, do not panic, the majority of deaths occur in people aged over 65 and children aged between 6 months and 5 years. Also, serious complications can occur in pregnant women, who, thanks to obscurantist publications, believe that they can harm their child with the flu vaccine. In fact, vaccination is mandatory for the pregnant women, because the probability of having a severe disease during pregnancy, even in a child, increases sharply. On the contrary, the vaccine protects both the mother and the fetus itself without increasing risk of miscarriage, which is being written about in those questionable publications.

If we talk about the danger of vaccinations for the average person, there is nothing to worry about. The fact is that modern inactivated vaccines contain only virus particles that are not able to cause disease, but easily make antibodies that provide protection against the strains of flu infection. The worst case scenario may be a little pain at the injection site and a small allergic reaction, in case of egg allergy.

Of course, there are government programs of free vaccination for people, but according to WHO, the amount of hemagglutinin or simply influenza virus protein in such medications is several times less than the dose recommended by doctors. That is why the best way to take care of health is to purchase the medication at a pharmacy, which would cost about 300 rubles. At the same time, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Russian-made vaccine or some foreign analogue.