When is the best time of year to get a flu shot?

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☞ Today’s Health = It is a time when the number of corona patients may temporarily increase as we enter a phased recovery of daily life. An increase in the number of corona patients means that the number of flu patients is also increasing.

Influenza begins to increase in number of patients in November and continues to spread from March to April of the following year. Although the flu has not yet reached the epidemic level this year, the number of patients infected with acute respiratory viruses such as parainfluenza virus infection is on the rise.

Therefore, it is better to get vaccinated by December, and it is recommended to get vaccinated within April, which is the epidemic period, even if it exceeds December for circumstances. On the day of the vaccination, there should be no health problems, and if there are respiratory symptoms such as fever, the vaccination period should be postponed.

Before inoculation, drink water and rest, and at the time of diagnosis, discuss with your doctor about your usual chronic diseases or current symptoms.

After inoculation, stay at the inoculation facility for 15 to 30 minutes to check for any adverse reactions, take a break on the day of inoculation so as not to strain the body, and refrain from high-intensity exercise and alcohol.

After vaccination, minor symptoms such as pain at the injection site, redness, swelling, muscle pain, fever, and nausea may appear for 1 to 2 days. However, if you experience high fever, shortness of breath, hives, or severe dizziness, do not delay and visit a hospital.

The flu vaccine can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine. However, since pain may appear at the injection site, it must be applied to different areas. In addition, since reactogenicity may be strong, consult with your doctor to decide whether to inoculate at the same time.

Influenza can cause various complications such as bacterial pneumonia, myocarditis, pericarditis, pneumothorax, emphysema, encephalitis, encephalopathy, transverse myelitis, rhabdomyolysis, and Reye’s syndrome. In addition, if you have chronic bronchitis, chronic respiratory disease, or chronic cardiovascular disease, influenza infection may exacerbate symptoms, and children and the elderly are at high risk of hospitalization or death due to complications.

By Moon Se-young, staff reporter [email protected]

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