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Does the flu shot?

Perhaps the main reason to doubt - many do not particularly believe that the vaccine will protect against the flu.Mol, and vaccination did, and still sick!In response, doctors cite data from different studies - for example, the Department of the Royal Society of General Practitioners of the English Department of Health: Only half the initial diagnosis of "influenza" laboratory confirmed - that is almost exactly what we believe the flu, which seems to have caught on- it's different kinds of ARI, too bad, but it is much less dangerous for humans.

Another, no less than "compelling" reason to avoid vaccination - we are no longer afraid of complications from vaccines than influenza itself.Either a person perceives the vaccination as the same flu, but only in milder form.

As doctors admit, when the first generation of vaccines that contain live virus, so it was.But today, influenza vaccines - is certain synthetic compounds that do not cause disease in principle.

Who should not?

Influenza vaccines have

virtually no contraindications.But give them (at least temporarily) is for those who have:

- had allergic reactions to previous vaccinations;

- are allergic to components of the vaccine (eg, to a protein of eggs);

- an exacerbation of allergic or chronic diseases (must be at least two weeks after the outbreak);

- acute illness with fever.It should also be at least two weeks after recovery, before you put the vaccine.

And who recommended

* working people who are sick "unprofitable";
* students and all those who spend a lot of time in closed collectives;
* children from 6 months (so as not to catch the virus in schools and kindergartens);
* people over 60 years (from the age of declining immunity);
* people with chronic medical conditions, such as angina, diabetes, kidney failure and others. (Flu causes aggravation of all diseases);
* people, by the nature of the profession who have a high risk of influenza (health workers, employees of educational institutions, public transport drivers, merchants, social workers, police officers, military personnel).


Complications are unpredictable

MD, Ph.D., professor, academician, WHO expert Vladimir Tatochenko:

- It's hard to argue with people who are convinced of the uselessness of vaccination.But I want to say that the flu - a disease that can cause severe complications for people of any age, regardless of health status.In addition, it is often fatal.

Despite claims that the vaccine does not work, data show that every year the incidence of influenza all reduced.Therefore, vaccination is recommended for all, from children over 6 months of age.Current flu vaccines do not contain live virus and, therefore, virtually safe.

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