The flu season is definitely here to stay for a while. New reports on influenza infections are trending in Malaysia and just about last week, up to 22 people were infected with Influenza A while two people were hospitalised in Selangor alone, according to a report in the New Straits Times. So, why not take precaution, and get yourself and family the flu vaccine?
It may seem that you don't need a flu shot, but as the recent seasons' viciousness proves, the flu can be serious, especially to pregnant women, children under 5 years old, adults over 65, and people with health conditions (like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease).
According to the Malaysia Influenza Working Group (MIWG):
- Older persons account for 90% of all flu-related deaths. Their lungs and immune systems have weakened with age, thus making them susceptible to secondary infections, like pneumonia. Those with certain chronic health conditions are also more likely to develop a stroke, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, and respiratory failure as a result of the flu. Getting vaccinated would significantly reduce their risk of flu and shape a more optimistic outlook for our senior citizens.
- Flu viruses are constantly mutating and tend to circulate during the winter months in temperate countries before quickly spreading to the rest of the world, thanks to the millions of travellers who traverse the globe each day. Getting a flu vaccination every year helps ensure we are protected from the latest circulating viruses.
"Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from catching the flu," says Papatya Tankut, a registered pharmacist and vice president of pharmacy affairs at CVS Health. Why risk it?
How late can you get the flu shot?
“While it is recommended to get your flu shot as soon as it is available, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial,” explains Tankut. Peak flu season is between December and February, so even if you don’t get your shot by the end of November, you’ll still be protected from the worst of it. You can get flu vaccination from most clinics within the price range of RM75 and RM150 per shot.