Fighting the Flu: How Vaccination Can Keep You Safe
A Surge in Vaccinations
Starting today, there has been an increase in the number of individuals aged 65 and above prioritized for the Moderna XBB vaccine. This prioritization has resulted in long lines for vaccinations, reminiscent of the early days of the pandemic. Many senior citizens, recognizing the value of this vaccine, have expressed the importance of getting vaccinated for their personal protection now that it has become a regular vaccine.
Beware of Influenza
In addition to COVID-19, the public is being advised to remain vigilant about the increasing cases of influenza. This disease can easily spread among family members and classmates, leading to potential complications such as myocarditis, which can be severe. Cases of both influenza A and B have been reported, further underscoring the need for caution.
Recent reports show that more than half of the children in kindergartens have fallen sick, and teachers have also taken sick leave, exhibiting fever symptoms. Doctors have revealed that currently, about 80% of the people seeking medical care for fever are diagnosed with influenza after rapid testing.
Increased Risk During Holidays
Long holidays pose an increased risk for virus spread. If one person catches the flu, there is a high probability the entire family or classmates will get infected. There is also a risk of getting infected with influenza B after recovering from influenza A. The risk of group infections is even higher during gatherings over the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays.
Other Prevalent Viruses
In addition to influenza, other viruses such as adenoviruses and RSV respiratory syncytial virus are also prevalent. Clinical cases of COVID-19 have also been reported. All 200 appointment slots for the COVID-19 vaccination at the National Taiwan University Hospital have been booked by senior citizens. Some seniors have already received their sixth dose of the vaccine.
Upcoming Vaccination Schedules
Starting from October 2, healthcare workers will also be eligible for vaccination. Vaccination for the general public is tentatively scheduled to start from October 9. In addition, government-funded influenza vaccines and pneumococcal vaccines will also be administered starting October 2. Autumn and winter are the active seasons for viruses and bacteria, thus getting vaccinated can provide the necessary protection.
As we continue to navigate through these challenging times, it’s crucial to take every precaution available. Vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and those around us from the various viruses prevalent during the autumn and winter seasons. As vaccinations continue to roll out, it’s important to stay informed and take the necessary steps to safeguard your health and the health of your loved ones.
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