How to prevent flu in the office?

At my company, many colleagues have fever, cough, and miss work due to flu. I heard flu is very contagious in offices, workplaces, schools.

Is the flu vaccine timely enough to prevent illness? (Thu Thao, Ho Chi Minh City))

Answer:

Hello,

Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus (influenza virus). There are 3 strains of seasonal flu: influenza A, B, and C, in which influenza A and B strains are common and easily cause epidemics.

Influenza virus is highly contagious through the respiratory tract (nose, throat); or through contact with surfaces containing the virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. When a person infected with the flu virus coughs or sneezes, the droplets are released into the air, which can spread up to a meter. Therefore, crowded environments, high contact density such as companies, factories, offices, schools, kindergartens… are very easy to spread influenza virus.

Adults are vaccinated against disease at VNVC vaccination center system. Photo: Nguyen An

Adults are vaccinated against disease at VNVC vaccination center system. Photo: Nguyen An

Currently, Vietnam is transitioning from autumn to winter, which is a favorable time for the flu virus to develop and spread. In cold and humid weather conditions, human respiratory cells are vulnerable, increasing susceptibility to disease. People with underlying medical conditions (asthma, chronic pulmonary embolism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure…), young children, and the elderly are very susceptible to severe illness if they contract the flu. Influenza can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, myocarditis, encephalitis, multiple organ failure, and even death.

At present, the flu epidemic is also complicated in the world. In early November, in the US, the flu epidemic “passed the epidemic threshold”. In addition to preparing supplies such as ventilators and bringing in military support to deal with a stronger disease outbreak in the winter, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine to help protect against the flu and possible serious complications.

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Vaccination against influenza is the main measure to prevent disease and reduce the impact of influenza epidemic in the current complicated situation. Various influenza vaccines have been used for more than 60 years. Influenza vaccines are safe and effective against mild and severe forms of influenza, with a 70-90% protection rate.

Vaccinating the flu vaccine when you are not sick, have not been exposed to pathogens will help you timely prevent disease and avoid the spread in crowded environments such as offices, companies, factories. The flu vaccine is usually most effective in creating antibodies after about 2 weeks, so you and your family should get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

VNVC vaccination center system is fully stocked with new generation quadrivalent flu vaccines updated with influenza strains for the 2022-2023 season, effectively preventing influenza strains A/H1N1, A/H3N2, influenza B/Yamagata and B/ Victoria. Especially, there is the biggest flu vaccine price incentive of the year when agencies and businesses order injections for workers and employees.

BS.CKI Bach Thi Chinh
Medical Director, VNVC Vaccination Center System

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