Vaccination against flu and pneumonia is required

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, interest in flu vaccination is increasing.

Influenza is an acute respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus. Flu causes symptoms such as high fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, cough, and sore throat, and sudden systemic symptoms and high fever make everyday life difficult.

On the other hand, with a cold, upper respiratory tract symptoms such as a runny and stuffy nose along with a mild fever are evident, but not to the extent that it interferes with daily life. Flu, which can cause fatal complications, has antiviral drugs and vaccines, so it is important to diagnose and test it to distinguish it from a cold.

Complications of flu are scary because of pneumonia. In particular, in case of bacterial pneumonia (pneumococcus, Haemophilus, Staphylococcus aureus, etc.) caused by a secondary infection, it is necessary to go to the hospital. More than 90% of the deaths from the flu are concentrated in the elderly, and it is recommended to vaccinate them against pneumonia in order to reduce the death rate due to complications from pneumonia.

As the flu virus that is common changes every year, it is a principle to vaccinate every year. Pneumonia vaccination can be given 1 to 2 times depending on the type. In Korea, flu and pneumonia vaccinations for people aged 65 and over are eligible for free vaccination.

(Text = Provided by the Gyeonggi branch of the Korea Health Management Association)

[ 경기신문/정리 = 정경아 기자 ]

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