The number of flu cases in Serbia has grown, and Milo Markovi, an immunologist at the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, suggested immunisation today.
It still makes sense for people to get vaccinated, especially considering the possibility of a worsening of the epidemiological situation in Serbia as a result of students returning to school after the winter break, according to Markovic.
The best way to prevent influenza is vaccination, and most people develop protective antibody levels within two to four weeks of receiving the flu vaccine, he added.
This advice is particularly for individuals who have a higher chance of experiencing complications and more severe illness from the flu, including diabetics, older adults (over 65), persons with chronic heart, lung, and other disorders, people with compromised immune systems, and many more.
Markovic advises that everyone be vaccinated since individuals who do not fall into these risk groups might present with a severe clinical picture and problems in the event of a disease.
He noted that the fact that 85 children have died in the United States alone this season from influenza, many of whom had no associated diseases, and that over 50% of hospital admissions in Australia were children under the age of 16 are examples of how dangerous influenza can be for the paediatric population.
“The flu season is still going on, and it’s not too late for everyone to be immunised, especially kids,” Markovic added.
The National Immunization Program includes influenza immunisation for at-risk groups. The flu shot is offered at pharmacies or may be obtained at private medical facilities for people who are not covered by the programme.