Flu shots in Multifield Polyclinic №1!

 Flu shots in Multifield Polyclinic №1!

 Flu is a viral disease, resulting from infection of the body with a very aggressive and volatile virus. Every year it comes in the form of a new strain.  And even if you had the flu last year, you are once again defenseless against it this season.  

Flu is a viral infection, which generally affects your nose, throat, bronchi, and sometimes, your lungs. The disease usually lasts for about a week. It is characterised by a sharp rise of body temperature, muscle pains and headaches, severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and rhinitis.  The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by airborne droplets, infected people excrete minute particles when coughing or sneezing. Flu tends to be spreading fast, which usually causes seasonal epidemics.
Most of the infected people get well in a week or two without using any medication. However, to children, elderly people, and those, suffering from severe diseases, flu poses a threat - it may lead to complications of major diseases, pneumonia, and even death.
How to protect yourself from being infected? 
The influenza virus is one of the most aggressive. One can catch the virus just by walking into a room, where an infected person, even with no symptoms, has spent some time 2-3 hours before. The influenza virus lives outside of a living organism for several hours, so even touching a table where a sick or infected person was sitting can be dangerous. Contacting with a sick person increases the risk of catching the infection many times over.
Measures that help to prevent the flu:
1. Preventing the virus from getting into the human body: limit the contacts with other people - weakened patients and children should avoid large crowds (as potential sources of infection) during an epidemics; 
2. Interrupting the virus's transmission routes:  hygienic measures (wet cleaning, washing hands, airing, and UV sterilisation);
3. Increasing the body's resistance: nonspecific methods (cold training) and specific prevention (vaccination);
When should you get flu shots?
The timing of vaccination against influenza is a very important matter. Since flu is a seasonal disease, the influenza virus comes along with cold weather, and epidemics break out every year in December-February. Our immune system needs time to grow a sufficient number of antibodies. It takes at least two weeks. Sometimes even a month or more. Which makes October-December the best time to vaccinate. Vaccination against influenza in the midst of an epidemic is usually ineffective. 
At what age is it okay to start vaccinating? What vaccine is it better to use?
According to WHO prognoses, the following strains of flu are expected to strike this season:
A/Michigan (H1N1) - this one is new for Ukraine
A/Hong Kong (H3N2) - similar to A/Hong Kong back in 2014.
B/Brisbane - similar to B/Brisbane back in 2008. 
Flu shots are allowed from the age of 6 months. It should be noted, that when vaccinating children aged 6-36 months, half of the adult vaccine dose is used (i.e. 0,25 ml). Children aged 3+ years and adults are being injected 0,5 ml of vaccine. Children under the age of 9 years, who have not previously had flu, are recommended to receive an additional flu shot a month after the first one.
If your child is under 6 months old, you can protect them by creating a so called cocoon around. For that, vaccinate all the adults and children who are in contact with the baby. Do not forget the nannies and grandparents as well.
Where to get a flu shot?
If you have decided to protect your child with a flu shot, first ask your doctor about the vaccine manufacturer, and read the instruction for its medical use. Please pay a special attention to treatment contraindications, including its admissibility in the pediatrics (the vaccines containing live attenuated virus, are inadmissible for children under the age of 3; inactivated whole virus vaccines are not used in pediatrics for children under 7 years). Be sure to specify the storage period and conditions for the vaccine.  
You can get a flu shot in St. Catherine's Clinic Multifield Policlinic №1.
Multifield Policlinic №1, in 12/1 Shevchenko ave, is focused on European protocols of medical care and maintains these standards in matters of vaccination. Safety and high efficiency are the main principles of St. Catherine's Clinic in vaccination. The staff of Multifield Policlinic steadily stick to the next set of rules:
Only vaccines from leading manufacturers are used.
Vaccines storage. Compliance with vaccine storage conditions plays a great role in its efficiency. The offices of the Multidisciplinary Polyclinic are equipped with everything necessary to comply with the "cold chain" and thus ensure the efficiency, and most importantly - the safety of vaccination against influenza for your children.
Assessment of the patient's health. To ensure a high level of efficiency, the adults are examined by the family doctor before the vaccine injection, and the children are examined by a pediatrician or a family doctor who constantly observes the child. As for all the injectable vaccines, it is recommended to take blood test with platelet count a day before the shot.
Prior to vaccination, children are examined by a pediatrician, and the body temperature is measured. Parents fill out an informed consent to vaccination. The doctor provides information on the type of the vaccine, the site of injection, warns of possible post-vaccination reactions.
Post-vaccination support. Upon carrying out vaccination against influenza, such symptoms as soreness at the injection site, malaise, headache, muscle pain, redness at the injection site, for small children - tearfulness and lethargy are most often observed.
In case of such symptoms, parents are to contact the doctor who carried out the vaccination via our contact-centre, or a doctor of an on-site consultative diagnostic team during the night hours (20:00-8:00).
Preventive medicine is the key strategic focus for the doctors of St. Catherine's Clinic. "Children should be protected from all the possible threats" - this WHO motto is one of the basic principles for the Clinic, that is why we strive for the leading positions in the matter of safe and efficient vaccination.
Got questions about flu shots? Want to arrange an appointment to get a shot?
Contact the Clinic's Information centre:  38 (048) 728-7000; 38 (048) 728-1033.
Or you can ask your question by filling out a special form on our website.
Recommendations for the sick:
 If you have a fever, sore throat, you feel malaise, you are troubled by dry hacking cough, muscle pains and headaches, then:
- stay in and call a doctor;
- remain at bed rest and drink more warm liquids;
- ventilate the room and moisten the air in it;
- in no case should you send the temperature down using acetylsalicylic acid - may cause bleeding!
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