What healthcare professionals need to know about influenza vaccination.
It is estimated that in a given year up top 8000 hospitalizations related to influenza may occur and approximately 700 Canadians die from Influenza and it’s complications.
Healthy adults can shed the influenza virus and transmit the virus even before they exhibit symptoms. Influenza vaccination of healthcare professionals reduces influenza-associated morbidity and mortality among groups in which the vaccine is contraindicated or have a poor response to the vaccine. Healthcare professionals who also get vaccinated also reduce start absenteeism as well as lower the risk of nonsocomial influenza cases.
Influenza vaccines cannot cause influenza because the virus in the vaccines (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine) or weakened (live attenuated influenza vaccine).
The seasonal influenza vaccine has been administered routinely in Canada since 1946. Most who receive the vaccine have either no side effects or mild effects like soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site. Severe reactions are extremely rare.
In Canada, the influenza vaccine protects against three strains of influenza viruses that health experts anticipate will be circulating during the influenza season. Multiple studies have shown the influenza vaccine to be efficacious depending on the age and health status of the individual receiving the vaccine, and match with circulating influenza strains. The seasonal influenza vaccine is safe and the most effective way of preventing the spread of influenza.
For more information, visit www.fightflu.ca and www.immunize.ca.
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