Colds and flu

Updated 04 October 2017

Should I have the flu injection?

People in the high-risk group should get the flu vaccine, and the vaccine is recommended for any adult or child older than six months.

Flu vaccination is integral for people at high risk of serious influenza complications, and for caregivers and cohabitants of high risk individuals.

The WHO particularly recommends seasonal flu injections for pregnant women, children aged 6-59 months, elderly, individuals with specific chronic medical conditions and health-care workers.

The flu vaccine contains three strains expected to be active during the current flu season, and is effective in 70 - 90% of cases.

It is recommended that all except those severely allergic to eggs (see: Who should not be vaccinated) should opt for vaccination every autumn.


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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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