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Doctor's Column: Sick despite influenza vaccination – Bürstädter Zeitung

Photo by Sascha Kopp

Photo by Sascha Kopp

Currently, our practice is full of patients who have influenza infection. Some of them are also vaccinated against the flu, so we often hear the question, "Why am I sick and cold now, even though I am vaccinated against the flu?"

The terms "flu" and "flu" are repeatedly confused and confused. But we differentiate both clinical images in terms of course and symptoms.

A small but important difference

Flu or flu is a serious illness. People feel en masse with weakness, headache and body aches, while symptoms such as coughing or runny nose are usually in the background.

The diagnosis is also indicated by high fever, sometimes up to 40 degrees and a sudden onset, in which almost the same patients are as bad from now on.

In contrast, flu infection is different: Usually there is only mild fever, and the attack is insidious, sometimes over several days. Malad is usually not nearly massive, and nasal discharge and discharge are more pronounced.

Accordingly, we can usually distinguish two clinical images well based on the course.

Immunization is only possible against influenza

This is also important for therapy because certain medicines can be given against the flu (flu), while for influenza infection, the medicines can only be used for symptomatic relief.

In both viral diseases, antibiotics make no sense! Triggers are viruses in both diseases, but we can only get vaccinated against known "real" flu viruses. This is the reason why people can catch cold or flu infections despite the flu vaccine.