However, a lot is being done to prevent the spread of flu and colds, particularly to those who are most vulnerable to infectious illnesses and the complications that can sometimes occur.
Namely, this is done via the flu jab.
Presently the flu jab is available to those over 65, pregnant women, adults with prior health conditions and those with weakened immune systems.
Despite there being no guarantee that the vaccine is 100% effective at preventing flu and it’s various symptoms, it has been incredibly effective at reducing the chance of someone that had been vaccinated against flu catching it in the future.
It’s high success rate is due to the fact that it contains an inactive version of the flu.
As the vaccine contains an inactive version of the virus, it is thereby it impossible to catch even a weakened version of the flu from the vaccine.
Instead your immune system is exposed to a safe version I of the virus, enabling it to produce the correct antibodies straight away, and preventing the vaccinated individual from contracting it in the future.
Although you will not contract the flu from the vaccine, it is possible that having the vaccination will cause some side affects.
These side affects range from a heightened temperature to muscle aches and pains.
It is still however recommended that those in the at risk categories do have the injection.
This way, it will prevent any future complications.