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Winter is coming, bringing with it flu (influenza). During this season, we are all affected by flu. Some of us get sick, and many others have to take care of a loved one who becomes ill.

Vaccination against flu can protect you and your family, keeping you away from the doctor, hospital casualty visits, even hospital admissions. Complications of flu can be serious and include pneumonia and worsening of existing heart problems. Sometimes flu can be life-threatening.

Here are some FAQs about the flu vaccine:

When is the best time to get the vaccine?

In Namibia, the best time to get your flu vaccine is before the end of April, before the flu season sets in, and before the virus spreads or as soon as the vaccine becomes available. However, if you have missed this period, the vaccine can still be taken at any time during the winter season.

I had the vaccine last year. Do I still need to take it this year?

Flu viruses change frequently, and when they change, the previous vaccine is no longer effective. Therefore, the content of the vaccine is changed each year, depending on the year’s particular flu viruses. For full protection, a person needs to receive a dose of vaccine before the flu outbreak begins.

Can everyone take the flu vaccine?

Generally yes, everyone older than 6 months, including pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy. However, there are certain circumstances where a person should not have a flu vaccination. This includes people who have had a severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccination in the past and people who have a severe allergy to eggs. Children younger than six months should not have a flu vaccination. If you are unsure or have any questions, you should speak to your healthcare provider to see if you can have a flu vaccination.

Does the flu vaccine prevent flu?

Flu vaccination has been proven to be the most effective way of preventing infection and reducing hospital admissions related to flu complications. Flu vaccination continues to offer benefits when given at any time during the flu season but the ideal time for vaccination is before the season starts. It takes the body about two weeks to develop antibodies against the flu virus.

Are there side effects associated with taking the flu vaccine?

Side effects are usually not serious and will generally disappear on their own in a day or two. The most common side effects are mild pain, redness and swelling of the skin at the injection site. Other possible side effects include fever, feeling unwell, headaches, muscle and joint pain.