When Is the Best Time to Get Vaccinated?
Influenza kicks in during cold seasons. In the Philippines, the peak season for flu is between October to January. Therefore, make an appointment for a flu shot before this time. Generally, vaccines are fully effective after about 2 weeks. This is because it takes some time for the immune system to develop antibodies against the virus.
Aside from vaccination, here’s how we can prevent the flu:
- Regular handwashing. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If using tissues, dispose of them properly.
- Don’t touch any part of your face when in high-risk areas like hospitals and crowds.
Flu Vaccines Don’t Promise Lifetime Immunity
Though flu vaccines do work, it is important to know that they can’t provide immunity for life. This is because there are many strains and subtypes of the influenza virus which are constantly evolving and emerging. Generally, health experts can spot which strains are trending during a certain season, but this does not guarantee full coverage.
The vaccine depends on the immune system’s production of antibodies. In essence, vaccines are inactive viruses or proteins that help the body create antibodies that fight off the actual virus if you are exposed to it in the future.
Ideally, we should have our yearly flu shot. This is especially important for those who are at high-risk for influenza, such as pregnant women, children, or those who are living with chronic illnesses. This is because they are more prone to viruses and infections.
The flu vaccine promotes optimal health and immunity.
As with any infectious diseases, it is important to remember that prevention is better than cure. And taking even the simplest necessary precautions can help boost and ensure lung health.
Utilize the flu vaccine and consult your doctor regarding which is best for your and your children.
In addition to getting vaccinated, to further boost your immunity against diseases, you may adopt healthier habits. Eat a balanced diet, drink at least eight glasses of water a day, exercise regularly , and as much as possible, get at least eight hours of sleep.
Learn more about influenza (flu), here.