The first cold and flu epidemic of the flu season is underway. Company sick leave is always piling up, and you should think – the number of flu shots. That's just not true.
Because according to Techniker health insurance, only one in ten is vaccinated against the flu in Germany. In North Rhine-Westphalia, it is only nine percent of all residents. Too little says Susanne Glasmacher, biologist and spokeswoman for the Robert Koch Institute of Bochum. We will clarify some basic issues with it.
Who is at risk?
After all, some people are at risk. Flu disease could have dire consequences for her, Glasmacher says. If you believe her, list it here: "Anyone over the age of 60 should be vaccinated as well as pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses like diabetes should be vaccinated with the flu shot – it's relatively easy to get a vaccine."
Only people with a severe protein allergy should not be vaccinated. But people with such a serious illness are very rare, the biologist explains.
What are the benefits of the flu vaccine?
Of course, getting a flu shot doesn't help against typical colds. But on average, every other person is protected from the disease. "It's slightly higher among younger people, slightly lower in older people," Glasmacher says, adding: "Only the vaccine – even in the event of illness – protects against a difficult course."
Handwashing is alpha and omega
However, you don't really have to get sick, so according to the expert: "Wash your hands as often as possible and let your hands soak for up to 30 seconds. Avoid contact with people with respiratory illnesses as best they can – many don't."