Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine in India: Do I Need a Flu Vaccine this Season?

What is Flu? Flu also known as Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection caused by viruses. It is an airborne disease that enters your body through your nose or mouth. Flu is different from cold and occurs in winters Who are at risk of Flu? Flu can occur to anyone, however, the complications can become serious or even deadly for elderly people, pregnant ladies, newborn babies, and people with certain chronic illnesses. Elderly people have reduced immunity as the production of B and T cells in bone marrow and thymus are less, also there is a diminished function of mature lymphocytes in secondary lymphoid tissues. As a result, they do not respond to immune challenge as robustly as the young ones do. If you are pregnant, then it is advisable for you to get a flu shot regardless of the stage of pregnancy you have reached. There are strong evidences that suggested that pregnant women are at increased risk of developing serious complications if they get flu. A flu shot taken during the pregnancy reduces chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia etc, it also helps protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life People with various chronic illnesses such as Asthma, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney, and liver disorder. Current situation of Flu in Bangalore As per a recent survey in Hindustan Times, It was reported that seasonal flu would strike India and the rest of the northern hemisphere badly in the current year 2018 as per a prediction by flu doctors based on outbreak trends...