Vaccinating against the influenza in order to avoiding its consequences Vaccinating against the influenza in order to avoiding its consequences

The application of the vaccine against the influenza reduces the risk of contracting such disease in 40% to 60% of general population.

This is a contagious respiratory disease provoked by the influenza’s viruses that infect the nose, throat and in some cases the lungs, being able to result in a moderate or serious disease. The Department of Health and Human Services lists the benefits of vaccinating against this pathology:

  1. Avoids contracting this disease.
  2. Prevents millions of diseases and doctor’s visits each year.
  3. Reduces the risk of hospitalization in children, adults in working age and in old people.
  4. A study made in 2018 demonstrated that from 2012 to 2015, this vaccine in old people reduced 82% their risk of entering in an intensive care unit.
  5. Prevents health problems associated to certain chronic affections.
  6. Protects women during and after pregnancy, reducing their risk of contracting an acute respiratory infection. It also protects the baby after birth.
  7. Can save the life of children who, although getting sick will not suffer from important consequences.
  8. Its application rebounds on the health of those around the individual who received the vaccine, including those who are more vulnerable to suffer it, such as babies, little children, old adults and patients with chronical affections.

The vaccine against the influenza in Colombia is applied to people from 6 months of age and older.

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