With the high number of cases flu Globally, experts stressed the importance of getting the flu vaccine at the present time to reduce the number of infections and reduce the severity of infection, but what happens if you get sick or suffer from flu-like symptoms at the time specified for the flu vaccination? According to the Times of India.
The importance of getting the flu vaccine this season
Getting the flu vaccine this year is very important, as it provides adequate protection against the flu and also prevents the chances of concomitant infection or deterioration of health, especially if you have had the corona virus before and feel weak, which could put you at risk of both influenza and corona virus.
While most health committees recommend that all healthy individuals get timely flu vaccinations, which are updated each year, the flu vaccine benefits some at-risk groups more than others, including the elderly, pregnant women, children, and immunocompromised individuals. Since such pre-existing conditions can be detrimental to healthy living, getting a flu shot will help provide maximum protection and reduce the potential for risk and death.
Should you get a flu shot if you get sick?
Experts recommend that the flu vaccine be given every year so that individuals have maximum protection against influenza.
Now, during the change of seasons, we not only run the risk of influenza, but also a lot of other routine viruses (allergies, cold, etc.) and respiratory infections that can make you relatively easy to get sick, or have mild symptoms, which can lead a person to Postponing vaccination for fear of ill effects.
While it can be a common assumption that the disease helps build a natural immunity through exposure, it should be remembered that getting a vaccine is still a useful option.
Remember, there is no guarantee that getting the flu shot once, just like corona, can protect you forever. You can still get sick, and getting vaccinated at the right time can boost an effective immune response, and prevent complications.
Is it a good idea to get a flu shot when you’re currently sick?
The demand for the flu shot is higher during the current times, late October – early November most experts say, and it’s perfectly safe to get the flu shot, even when you’re sick, as long as you take precautions and don’t feel sick enough not to go outside.
According to general advice, if you have upper respiratory symptoms, or if you have what could be a ‘mild’ infection, getting a vaccine is perfectly safe, as long as you sanitize your hands and use masks properly.
However, if you have a high fever, or feel your symptoms are getting worse, you may be advised to reschedule your vaccination so if you feel your flu bout is severe enough to make you avoid routine tasks, consider rescheduling if possible.
Could there be risk factors?
It is also common that getting vaccinated when a person is sick could render the vaccine ineffective, or make a person feel ill due to additional side effects. However, this is not always the case.
While some of the side effects may make you feel a little sick, keep in mind that the immune system is already busy fighting the virus, and giving a vaccine helps the body prepare a better immune response, which helps in a relatively faster recovery.
Aside from the fact that an individual may need to be better prepared to deal with the side effects of the vaccine, there are no other risk factors that may cause concern or affect the effectiveness of the vaccine.
How long does a vaccine take to build immunity?
The flu vaccine, like other vaccines, takes 14-20 days to dispense the effective antibodies, while the reaction time is shorter, i.e. 24-48 hours, so getting an injection when you are sick or have a seasonal infection will not actually affect on the response to the vaccine.