VACCINATION Flu is said to be important at this point. The reason is that serious influenza infections affect 3 to 5 million people worldwide each year. Based on this number, an estimated 290 to 650 thousand people die each year. This is based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2018.
Therefore, the WHO recommends that every person be given the seasonal flu vaccine once a year. Flu shot Can be given to adults from 6 months of age. Especially for children and risk groups.
The chairman of the Indonesian Influenza Foundation (IIF) Professor Dr. Dr. Cissy B. Kartasasmita SpA (K) said it is very important for the community to take preventive measures so that children do not get the flu. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This pandemic period allows flu and COVID-19 to co-infect, one of which can be vaccinated if the child is over 6 months old,” explained Prof. Cissy in a virtual media briefing on Friday, November 19, 2021.
He went on to explain the rules of flu vaccination. Prof. Cissy explained that flu vaccinations must be given twice for children under 9 years of age who have never been vaccinated against the flu. The first and second vaccines are given one month apart.
In children over 9 years of age, the flu vaccine should be given regularly once a year. Flu vaccination is also important for high-risk groups, such as the elderly and people with certain chronic diseases, to build antibodies against the influenza virus.
“Worldwide, of an average of 389,000 deaths per year from influenza-related respiratory infections, 67 percent occur in older people. Because the flu can cause complications in the elderly that worsen chronic degenerative diseases or other comorbidities they already have, ”he concluded.