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Medical practices, company doctors and health authorities are preparing for the flu shot
There is still some way to go before the flu season, but doctors in Thuringia are already preparing for the flu shot. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether this vaccination makes sense. For some groups of people, it is recommended by health experts.
Doctors arm themselves for the flu shot
The flu season usually starts in January and lasts three to four months on average, but medical practices, company doctors and health authorities in Thuringia are already preparing for the flu vaccination. According to a message from the dpa news agency, the chairman of the Thuringian Pharmacists' Association, Stefan Fink, explained on request that the pharmacies had supplied the first practices with vaccines.
No problems with vaccine shortages
According to the information - unlike in previous years - there are no problems with vaccine shortages this year. Last year almost 450,000 Thuringians received this vaccination in medical practices or medical centers. In the 2015/16 season, the Free State recorded almost 5,000 confirmed cases of virus flu (influenza), five people died.
People from risk groups are advised to be vaccinated
Everyone has to decide for themselves whether a flu vaccination makes sense. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), it can offer protection even at the beginning and in the course of the flu wave. Health experts recommend people from risk groups to get vaccinated. For example, the Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) advises senior citizens from the age of 60, pregnant women, chronically ill, residents of old people's homes and nursing homes and medical staff to be vaccinated against flu.
Ultimately, the pros and cons of flu vaccination must be weighed up against each other. In this context, vaccine critics not only point out possible side effects, but also the possibilities of natural protection. The risk of infection can be reduced by simple hygienic measures. Regular hand washing is recommended, as is coughing and sneezing in the crook of the arm or in a disposable handkerchief. (ad)