Is Influenza Vaccine Effective In Preventing Corona?
Hello Doc, is the administration of the flu vaccine effective in reducing the risk of covid? Are there any side effects from administering the vaccine? How old can you get the flu vaccine?
Originally posted 2020-04-14 09:40:33.
Thank you for the question.
The flu (influenza) vaccine is useful in providing your protection against influenza virus infection. At first glance, this virus infection can indeed cause complaints similar to the Corona virus infection that has only been raging lately (the disease is called COVID-19), which causes respiratory problems, such as coughing, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and so on. It's just that, because the causes are different (the Influenza virus is clearly different from the Corona virus), the influenza vaccine will not then be able to give you protection against Corona virus infection. Influenza vaccines are also not known to reduce your risk of COVID-19 or reduce the potential danger.
Influenza vaccine is recommended to be given mainly to children aged 6 months to 5 years, the elderly (people over 65 years), pregnant women, sufferers of chronic diseases, and medical workers. As with other immunizations, these side effects are often mild, such as fever, inflammation of the injection site, nausea, dizziness, tightness, fatigue, weakness, muscle and joint pain, and so on. As long as it's treated early, often these side effects are harmless.
More about influenza vaccine, please consult directly with your doctor.
I hope this helps.