What is a flu shot?
What you commonly call “the flu shot” is actually an inactive influenza virus. It resembles the real thing but lacks pathogenic ingredients.
The Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccination is the most widely used influenza vaccine (TIV). It helps our bodies generate a variety of molecules known as antibodies that detect and fight viruses. This reaction to a deactivated virus prepares a body for future battles with an infection of a similar kind.
How do you know if it’s the flu?
Influenza, which we know as the flu, is a virus that tries to conquer our respiratory system. There are three different varieties of influenza viruses that may transmit the virus: A, B, and C.
Conventional flu symptoms, including a stuffy nose, chills, and temperature, are caused by Type A and Type B. Doctors are less concerned about type C as it seldom causes significant symptoms in people.
During yearly national flu outbreaks, known as epidemics, these illnesses can pose a severe risk to your health. Type A has been responsible for global epidemics, such as the 2009 “swine flu” outbreak.
A flu shot can save the day.
Our antibodies primarily target the H and N antigens, which aid in the virus’s entry into normal tissues and exit from contaminated ones. Antibodies that recognize the H protein inhibit invading pathogens from transmitting the disease; antibodies that detect the N protein prohibit infected cells from spreading the disease. As a result, the flu vaccination prevents us from catching a cold while also reducing the severity of sickness.
Why do you need a flu shot?
- If you’re thinking of skipping a flu shot this season, read these reasons why you should reconsider:
- The influenza virus can sometimes cause serious complications and require hospitalization. You can avoid the worsening of infections and save yourself from getting sicker.
- You can take a flu shot even if you’re ill. It reduces the effect of the virus.
- Older adults are more prone to the influenza virus. Therefore, skipping it shouldn’t be an option!
When should you get a flu shot?
Taking a shot now can minimize the risks of getting infected. If you are in Toronto and would like to get this done, get in touch with us for all the necessary details!
We must all exercise extreme caution throughout the flu season as the globe awaits a new and enhanced flu shot. Wash your hands, remain at home if you’re sick, and get the flu shot.