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Endless misunderstandings between a COLD and FLU - Same or Different?

It is misunderstood that Cold and Flu are the same because both are caused by viruses and have many common symptoms in the upper respiratory tract such as sneezing, runny, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, and pains, etc.

Endless misunderstandings between a COLD and FLU - Same or Different?

2/17/2022 8:29:14 AM

1. Mothers think that their children don’t need Flu (Influenza) vaccination because even after being vaccinated, children still get the cold?

It is misunderstood that Colds and Flu are the same because both are caused by viruses and have many common symptoms in the upper respiratory tract such as sneezing, runny, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, pains, etc. In addition, people often call colds flu.

However, these are two completely different diseases. Colds usually clear up on their own without specific treatment and have few serious complications. While Flu has a high risk of serious respiratory complications such as pneumonia, multi-organ failure, which can be fatal and create a dangerous epidemic for the community.

Therefore, Flu vaccination does not aim not to catch a cold but to prevent the flu and its serious complications. So even if you have been vaccinated against the flu, you can still get colds or viral nasopharyngitis, but will not have serious and dangerous flu complications.

2. Do only children get the flu virus and adults do not?

Many people think that only children get the flu virus and adults do not. This is a misconception. Anyone can be attacked by the flu virus. In particular, adults who work in the office environment are at the second-highest risk of getting the influenza virus after the hospital environment.

In developed countries and some foreign companies in Vietnam, the health care regime for employees is a free annual flu shot, because they understand and are extremely afraid of flu. Influenza causes loss of working days, flu spreads to the whole company and flu is quite common every year. Likewise, the majority of pre-school children who get the flu are transmitted by their parents and caregivers. In addition, when having the flu, parents will not be strong enough to be able to take care of the children.

3. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not get the flu vaccine?

Pregnant women are considered to be at high risk of getting the flu and are more likely to develop a severe illness with the flu. The flu vaccine is made from an inactivated virus so it is safe for both mother and baby during pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant women get the flu vaccine during pregnancy in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Breastfeeding women has no reason not to get a flu vaccine.

4. Flu Vaccination - The best measure to prevent Flu

The flu shot is very important, especially for children. Currently, CarePlus International Clinic is providing flu vaccination service for children and adults. Before vaccination, customers will be carefully examined and consulted by our specialists. After that, the doctor will advise on the vaccination regimen, side effects, how to take care of yourself after vaccination at home, etc. 

When immunizing at CarePlus, customers are completely secure because the vaccine is stored in a modern frozen warehouse, and the injection room is fully equipped with standard medical equipment. The team of doctors and nurses who are specially trained in vaccination, understand customers' psychology as well as are very enthusiastic and thoughtful, helping you overcome the fear of vaccinations.

In particular, after vaccination, customers will be monitored for 30 minutes in a spacious and airy space. Your health information and vaccination history will be kept so it’s convenient when needed. 

Please contact our free hotline 1800 6116 or message us on the website www.careplusvn.com to book an appointment for flu shot or for more details.

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