Flu vaccine – do you need it?

QUEZON City, Philippines – Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) undertook an influenza vaccination program for its employees and their families last August 31, 2017.   EBC employees were encouraged to take the flu vaccine in order to keep them safe and protected against viral infections and diseases.

Influenza, more commonly known as “the flu,” is an infectious disease caused by one of the many types or strains of the influenza virus.

If you have the following symptoms, then you may have the flu! These are high fever, runny nose, sore throat, mucle pains, headache, coughing and feeling tired.

These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. In children, there may be nausea and vomiting, but these are not common in adults.

We have the tendency to belittle the flu but when not properly tended, it can lead to various complications like viral pneumonia, secondary-bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and the worsening of previous health problems such as asthma or heart failure.

The flu is one of the diseases that can easily spread. It could be transmitted through the air from infected coughs or sneezes. You can also get the flu when touching surfaces contaminated by the flu virus and then touching your mouth or eyes afterward.

Good thing, we have the flu vaccine, or more commonly known as flu shots! These vaccines protect one against influenza.

Flu shots can be taken by children and adults in order to combat the effects of influenza, which is a highly contagious viral disease. The vaccination is administered annually.