With the dreaded flu season fast approaching, it is that time of the year when precautions need to be taken in order to guarantee a healthy and happy 2019 for you and your loved ones. What better preventative measure can be taken than by getting a flu vaccination?
Why get vaccinated?
The flu is far more serious than we realise, so much so that it kills between 6 000 to 11 000 South Africans yearly. During flu season, more than 25% of hospitalised patients test positive for the illness. Flu viruses are ever-changing. The current expected flu virus variant is the extremely dangerous H3N2, which when contracted may lead to further complications, hospitalisation, and, in extreme cases, death. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent illness caused by seasonal influenza viruses. It reduces your risk of a trip to the doctor by 61%. Each year, the latest strains and variants covered in the flu vaccine are reviewed and adjusted, so it is important to get vaccinated annually to enjoy continuous immunoprotection.
What is more, all flu vaccinations can be done at any Bestmed network pharmacy or national centre and are covered by our medical scheme.
Knowing this, do what is right for your loved ones and yourself this winter by getting vaccinated and continuing to live your best life.