The flu is in town – have you protected yourself and your beloved ones?
The flu (influenza) is much more dangerous than a common cold. Symptoms of flu tend to be more severe and last for longer2. Its complications can lead to hospitalizations and may even cause death1.
In Singapore, the flu season is generally from December to February, and May to July3. There are 4 flu strains (2A and 2B) – "4 flu monsters" - that can cause almost all causes of seasonal flu1. So, it is important that you get protected against all 4 of them.
Myths vs Facts
I am worried that the flu vaccine can give me a flu
It is a misconception about flu vaccines. A flu shot cannot cause the flu illness as it does not contain the active virus4.
I had a flu shot before, hence I am protected for life.
Flu strains may differ from season to season, so you may need vaccination to protect against currently circulating viruses1. Talk to your doctor to find out more.
Flu and Its Symptoms
Symptoms of seasonal influenza can include1:
Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better6.
How can you get flu1,2?
What is the impact of flu?
Are you at high risk of flu?
Vaccination is especially recommended by MOH for people at higher risk of complications of flu5:
Complications of flu can include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear Infections and others. People with asthma may experience asthma attacks, people with chronic heart failure may experience a worsening of their condition triggered by flu7. Flu can also increase the risk of premature birth in pregnancy8.
# Persons aged 65 years and older
^ Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
What can you do to protect against flu?
What's next? Ask your doctor today about flu and flu prevention.