Mannheim, November 6, 2019 (Red / Afternoon) The City of Mannheim's Youth Welfare and Health Division now advises a timely flu vaccine.
Info on the city Mannheim:
"The Robert Koch Institute Permanent Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends vaccination as the most important measure of influenza (influenza) protection, mainly for anyone over 60 years of age, for chronic patients of all ages, as well as for nursing and nursing staff. In addition, there is a general recommendation to vaccinate pregnant women in the second trimester of pregnancy, as physical changes to the expectant mother favor the severe course of the flu. In addition, unborn babies in the womb receive protective antibodies from their vaccinated mother. Infants benefit from so-called nest protection in the endangered first months of life.
In Baden-Württemberg, by the way, vaccination is not only recommended for at-risk groups. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Inclusion advises all citizens in the country to receive flu vaccines. Health insurance companies cover the costs of all policyholders.
In the 2019/2020 flu season, all insured people receive four times the flu protection. This contains an additional B component and thus protects against two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.
The best way to protect yourself from the flu
Although the protective effect of influenza vaccination with constant flu virus variations varies every year and therefore does not protect one hundred percent from the real flu, it is the most effective measure of influenza protection according to the Robert Koch Institute. Due to the incidence of influenza, vaccination can still prevent many diseases, serious illnesses and even deaths. In addition, vaccinated people protect not only themselves but also their environment.
Washing your hands regularly, staying away from sick people and avoiding crowds are further safeguards.
However, the vaccine does not protect against the "common" cold, commonly referred to as "flu" or "flu", which is as common among vaccinated people as in the case of unvaccinated people. Among other things, this is one of the reasons for the widespread opinion "just because the vaccine is sick." It is a misconception, because when the flu – a technical language called "flu" – breeds, there are other bacteria and viruses in the season that cause similar symptoms. The course of the disease in these acute respiratory diseases is usually less severe. The so-called "dead vaccines" used in vaccinations cannot cause any disease.
The "real" flu causes a sudden serious feeling of illness with high fever, dry cough, headache, sore throat, muscles and limbs. Also, nausea or vomiting may occur. Complications such as pneumonia or heart muscle may also be possible.
The Health and Youth Health Department advises against the flu vaccine. "The best way for citizens to schedule an appointment with their family doctor in a timely manner and then immediately get a vaccination card. On this occasion, the family doctor can also check whether another vaccine should be refreshed or whether older people should also be vaccinated against pneumococcus, a cause of pneumonia," recommends new Mannheim Mayor Dirk Grunert.