Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday urged the people of state to get vaccinated against seasonal flu and said quadrivalent influenza vaccine containing H3N2, H1N1 and two B viruses is recommended.
“Flu is a respiratory disease which manifests with cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose and body ache. Vaccination is the single best defense against flu,” said DAK president Dr Nisar ul Hassan in statement. “6 months and older should get annual flu vaccine before the start of flu season which begins in October and can last as late as May. Since it takes two weeks for flu vaccine to become fully effective, it is best to get the vaccine now. However, vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season.”
He said while the vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with medical conditions.
“Children 6 months through 8 years getting vaccinated for the first time and those who have received only one dose in their life time should get two doses of vaccine this season spaced at least 4 weeks apart,” he added.
Nisar said vaccination to expectant mother is critically important to protect their newborn babies’ upto 6 months who are too young to receive the vaccine.
“It is mandatory for healthcare workers to get vaccinated to prevent spread of flu to patients who are vulnerable to flu-related complications and death,” he informed.
Washing your hands and covering your cough or sneeze will keep you and people around you healthy and well, he said. If you are down with flu, stay away from work, school and gatherings until you are free from symptoms.