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...

Top 5 Myths And Facts About Vaccination

The Internet gives you a lot of information on vaccines but not all that you read is true. Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether facts are falsified deliberately or due to lack of knowledge. Below are the five most common myths that are believed by people without knowing the facts. Myth 1: MMR vaccine causes Autism Fact: There is a widespread fear that MMR vaccines can cause Autism which originated from a study published by a British Surgeon in 1998. However, the paper was completely discredited due to serious procedural errors and ethical violation. Later many studies were conducted which showed no evidence or links between the vaccine and likelihood of developing Autism. Though the clear cause of autism is yet to be identified, but studies have identified symptoms of Autism in kids well before administration of the Vaccine. Studies have also found evidence that Autism develops in Utero, that’s much before a baby is born or receives any vaccination.   Myth 2: Natural Immunity is better than vaccine acquired Immunity Fact: In a case of a few conditions it is believed that the natural immunity results in stronger immunity. However, the dangers and the complications of this approach outweigh the benefits. But the fact is that getting exposed to any kind of infection, equally, increases your chances of developing further complications from the disease. Hence, it is always safer to get immunization done. Myth 3: Flu Vaccine a big No No!! I am allergic to eggs Fact: The quantities of egg protein present in the vaccines now are much lesser than in the earlier vaccines.  So most individuals with mild...