Vaccination advised by health department: Last severe disease wave claimed six victims in Saale-Holzland-Kreis 2

Vaccination advised by health department: Last severe disease wave claimed six victims in Saale-Holzland-Kreis

Vaccination advised by health department: Last severe disease wave claimed six victims in Saale-Holzland-Kreis

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The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler and wetter. One or the other is already complaining of nose sniffing, coughing and hoarseness. Symptoms that can occur with influenza infection as well as influenza (flu).

Now is the best time to get the flu.

Now is the best time to get the flu.

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Vaccination advised by health department: Last severe disease wave claimed six victims in Saale-Holzland-Kreis

Despite the same symptoms, the difference is large. Flu infection is nothing but colds and usually harmless. Flu, however, is often characterized by the sudden onset of illness with fever, chills, muscle and headache – and the course is much more difficult.

The Robert Koch Institute confirms that vaccination is the most important and effective protective measure, despite varying efficiency from season to season.

The Saale-Holzland-Kreis Health Department also points out that the optimal vaccination period is October and November.

The Permanent Vaccine Commission recommends the flu vaccine especially for people at increased risk of serious illness. These are, above all, persons over 60 years of age, chronically ill, pregnant women, as well as employees of medical institutions, schools, kindergartens or persons with otherwise large public traffic.

The memory of a severe flu epidemic in the district last year, which saw six casualties, is still well remembered. In total, there were 1352 laboratory confirmed cases according to health department numbers, 137 patients had to be treated for influenza at the hospital.

The vaccine does not guarantee 100% protection, because the virus is a real fast-changing artist, which makes the production of effective vaccines a challenge. People who are vaccinated but the flu is usually milder.

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