Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Preventing Seasonal Flu
The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like the flu.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
What should I do if I get sick?
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your healthcare provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm for more information.
Where to get the Flu Vaccine?
UNIS Hanoi will be offering the Flu Vaccination on campus for all staff/faculty in November (dates to be confirmed as we await the arrival of the vaccine from overseas). The following clinics come recommended and will stock the best quality Vaccine available in Hanoi, VACCINE WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MID-LATE NOVEMBER, please ring your preferred clinic and check when the vaccine will be available.
FAMILY MEDICAL PRACTICE HANOI
298 I Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 24 3843 0748
RAFFLES MEDICAL PRACTICE
51 Xuan Dieu Str., Ha Noi
Tel: (024)39340666 – (024) 3676 2222
VNVC VIETNAM VACCINE JSC
180 Trường Chinh, Khương Thượng, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000
Tel: 1800 6595
VACCINATION VACXIN SABIN ROOM
135, Lo Duc Street,Hai Ba Trung District,Ha Noi City, Phạm Đình Hổ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
Tel: 024 3756 9929