Strategies To Stop The Trickster, Influenza

    Strategies To Stop The Trickster, Influenza
    Get vaccinated against influenza every yearPractice good hygiene
    The influenza vaccine protects against the 3-4 viruses that will be most common in the coming season, as indicated by WHO.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against influenza each year as long as they are not allergic to eggs.Dispose of tissues properly into rubbish bins.
    Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of developing potentially life-threatening complications from getting influenza.Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of developing complications from influenza, but are too young to be vaccinated.Use hand sanitizers if soap and water are not available.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs spread this way.
    Disinfect surface and objects.
    Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    Stay home if you are sick.
    Confine family members to a room if they are sick.


    Red Flag: When To Go To Your Doctor

    See a doctor right away if your child…See a doctor right away if you have…
    Has fast breathingTrouble breathing
    Has trouble breathingChest pain or pressure
    Has bluish or gray skinDizziness
    Has non-stop vomitingTrouble thinking
    Is not drinking enoughVomiting that doesn’t stop
    Is not waking upFlu that leads to fever
    Does not respondWorsening coughs
    Does not want to be held
    Is cranky and cries a lot more than normal
    Pees less than usual


    Understanding The Influenza Vaccine

    A majority of countries around the world, including Malaysia, follow the influenza vaccine recommendations issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    Since the early 1980s, the seasonal influenza vaccine has been a trivalent (a three-component) vaccine with each component selected to protect against one of the three main groups of influenza viruses circulating in humans.

    The viruses selected for every year’s new influenza vaccines are selected based on which strains of the virus are circulating, how they are spreading, and how well current vaccine strains protect against newly identified strains. There are currently more than 100 national influenza centers in more than 100 countries that conduct year-round surveillance for influenza viruses and disease activity. These laboratories will then send the influenza viruses for additional analyses to the WHO.

    The influenza viruses are chosen to maximize the likelihood that the influenza vaccine will protect against the viruses most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season. WHO will then recommend these specific influenza viruses for vaccine produc