Whether it’s catching up with loved ones, going on new adventures or witnessing important milestones – don’t let the flu stop you from being present for the things that matter most. Enjoy a #Unstoppable2023 by safeguarding your health from the flu and other infectious diseases.
According to Dr. Jing Velasco-Aro, Vaccine Medical Head, GSK “(The common cold and flu are) both respiratory illnesses. “Although, the symptoms might be similar among the two (common cold vs. flu) which people might find difficult to differentiate just by minding the symptoms alone. But in general, the flu can be worse than your common colds.”
WHAT IS THE FLU? NOW CAN IT STOP ME FROM LIFE’S ADVENTURES?
- Influenza can be a critical illness that can lead to complications, hospitalizations, and even death in high-risk people.1,2
- Seasonal influenza occurs globally and is estimated to infect (symptomatically or asymptomatically in 5 unvaccinated children and 10 unvaccinated adults.2 In addition, up to 5 million people fall severely ill because of the flu, and every year, up to 650,000 people are at risk of dying globally because of influenza-associated respiratory diseases.2
WHY SHOULD I GET AN ANNUAL FLU SHOT?
- A flu vaccine helps your immune system provide optimal protection against the flu, enabling you to live your life to the fullest. For vaccinated children as young as six months and older adults. A flu shot can be lifesaving.3,4
- Flu vaccine protection declines over time due to the constant changing of the flu virus strain. Due to this, vaccines are annually reviewed and produced to ensure optimal protection against the current flu virus.3
WHY SHOULD I GET A FLU SHOT IF I WANT TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR AHEAD? 5
- The best time to get your flu shot is before the flu season starts.6
- In the Philippines, influenza viruses circulate year-round with multiple annual peaks. Increased activity is seen from June to November.7 If you can get vaccinated as early as you can, the better.
According to Dr. Velasco-Aro, “The best way is by not to mingle w/ other people, not to go in public spaces, wear masks, do hand hygiene (washing your hands, alcohol rubs/gels), avoid touching your face, have enough rest, have a healthy diet: keep these healthy habits while conversing with other people. Also, have a routine check-up to be preventive. Vaccination isn’t for kids alone, adults need this as well (through vaccination, it will boost your immune system.”
MAKE THIS YOUR YEAR AND BE #UNSTOPPABLE!
To know more about the benefits of flu vaccine and to get your flu shot, talk to your healthcare provider today.