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Seasonal influenza: Doctors advise influenza vaccination for all

Doctors advise influenza vaccination is required for all

Various viruses can cause illnesses that have a significant impact on your health, potentially leading to serious complications such as pneumonia. In addition to the common symptoms, it’s crucial to watch out for conditions like bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, exacerbation of chronic illnesses, an increased risk of sepsis, and inflammation of vital organs.

Seasonal influenza is a highly contagious illness caused by different types of viruses that circulate worldwide. These viruses, including Influenza A, B, and C, invade your respiratory system, settling in your nose, throat, and lungs. They can also result in severe complications such as pneumonia. Studies indicate that influenza poses a particularly high risk to very young children, the elderly, and individuals with underlying health issues like heart disease or asthma.

Influenza typically manifests with symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, and cough, and it may also lead to conjunctivitis. It has a sudden onset and can quickly spread within communities.

Medical professionals recommend that individuals exercise caution during changing weather conditions and consider getting a flu vaccine during the flu season, which usually peaks between the monsoon and winter months.

While flu vaccines are available year-round, receiving them during the flu season can bolster your immunity and reduce the severity of influenza infections.

According to Dr. Kiran Madhala, a member of the TS Indian Medical Association (IMA) scientific committee, statistics indicate that influenza is responsible for a higher percentage of respiratory infections compared to COVID-19. Those who contract influenza often experience a longer recovery period, with a mortality rate ranging from 6 to 25 percent among high-risk groups, including children under five and individuals over 60.

Doctors adhere to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations, releasing batches of flu vaccines twice a year, typically in October or November and April or May, based on the prevalent strains