The flu is in town – have you protected yourself and your beloved ones?
The flu (influenza) is much more dangerous than a common cold. The symptoms of influenza tend to be more severe, and may last longer in children2. Its complications can lead to hospitalizations and may even cause death1.
In tropical regions such as Malaysia, the flu can occur anytime throughout the year, and peaks once or twice annually³. There are 4 influenza strains (two A and two B subtypes) – "4 flu monsters" - that can cause almost all causes of seasonal flu1. So, it is important that you get protected against all four of them.
Myths vs Facts
I am worried that the flu vaccine can give me a flu
It is a misconception about influenza (flu) vaccines. A flu shot cannot cause the flu illness as it does not contain the active virus4.
I had a flu shot before, hence I am protected for life.
Flu strains may differ from season to season, so you may need vaccination to protect against currently circulating viruses1. Talk to your doctor to find out more.
Flu and Its Symptoms
Symptoms of seasonal influenza can include1,7:
Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better8.
How can you get flu1,2?
What is the impact of flu?
Are you at high risk of flu?
The Malaysian Society of Infectious Disease and Chemotherapy (MSIDC) recommends annual administration of influenza vaccine for anyone, from children to adults; including high risk groups such as5,6:
What can you do to protect against flu?