Influenza (flu) is a respiratory tract illness caused by influenza viruses. Influenza can be caused by the two subtypes of influenza A virus, H1N1 and H3N3, and influenza B virus. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain, fatigue and headache. Influenza can be a serious illness to the weak and frail or elderly people, and may be complicated by bronchitis, chest infection or even death.
Having influenza vaccines is one of the effective ways to prevent seasonal influenza and its complications. Which can lower the hospitalization and death rate. According to The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Influenza vaccine is a safe and effective way in preventing seasonal influenza and its complications. Except those with known contraindication, it is suggested that members of the public aged 6 months and above should receive vaccine annually for seasonally protection.
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