In this article, we will share the misunderstood flu superstitions… Influenza, which is often confused with the common cold and does not even feel the need to consult a physician because many people see it as a mild and temporary illness, can cause significant complications especially in children, those with chronic diseases and the elderly.
For this reason, it is very important to avoid the flu or to consult a physician in time when the disease develops. However, hearsay information spreading in the society prevents us from being adequately protected from the flu.
- Flu superstitions
- Wrong: Flu is a simple disease.
- False: Antibiotics are helpful when I have flu.
- Wrong: I would be too late if I couldn’t get vaccinated by January.
- Wrong: I cannot breastfeed my child when I have the flu.
- Wrong: Staying away from sick people always protects me.
- Wrong: I don’t have to get vaccinated every year.
- False: If I take flu medicine, I can get the disease standing.
- Wrong: I am protected from flu when I wear a mask.
- Wrong: I never get sick when vaccinated.
- Wrong: Flu vaccines cause flu.
Acıbadem Taksim Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Sezen Özkök talked about the mistakes we thought were right about the flu and made important suggestions.
Wrong: Flu is a simple disease.
While the common cold is milder on foot, the flu is more severe and feverish. In addition, it can cause complications such as bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infection and pneumonia in children, the elderly and patients with chronic diseases such as lung disease, and it can even be fatal.
False: Antibiotics are helpful when I have flu.
Antibiotics are not effective in the treatment of both flu and cold. However, in case of complications such as sinusitis, pneumonia or ear inflammation, antibiotics are given under the supervision of a doctor. The way to recover from flu is through plenty of fluid intake and rest. In addition, antipyretic or antiviral drugs taken under doctor’s control can be used.
Wrong: If I can’t get vaccinated by January, I would be too late.
The effect of the flu vaccine begins after 2-3 weeks. For this reason, it is recommended that the vaccine be administered before the flu epidemic in September and October. Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Sezen Özkök stated that the best time for flu vaccination is the beginning of autumn, “However, it is never too late to get a flu shot. Because the flu, which was at the highest level in February, continues until May. ” says.
Wrong: I cannot breastfeed my child when I have the flu.
Almost every mother can give up breastfeeding when she catches the flu, thinking that she will infect her child. “Contrary to popular belief, mothers should breastfeed their children when they have the flu. “Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Sezen Özkök explains the reason for this as follows: “Contrary to popular belief, breast milk provides natural immunity to the baby as it contains natural antibodies against flu. However, breastfeeding mothers can infect their children with this virus both through breathing and hand contact when they have a flu or cold. For this reason, it is very important for mothers who are sick to use masks as well as wash their hands frequently before contact with their baby. “Can a mother with the flu, which was our previous topic, breastfeed? you should have a look …
Wrong: Staying away from sick people always protects me.
Although some patients have the flu, they can transmit the virus because their complaints have not yet begun. Therefore, in order to be protected from the flu, it is necessary to be vaccinated and to wash hands frequently, as well as staying away from sick people.
Wrong: I don’t have to get vaccinated every year.
Influenza virus is a virus that can change its structure. The content of vaccines changes every year as a result of the World Health Organization’s vaccine planning suitable for high probability viruses that may cause an epidemic. For this reason, it is necessary to be vaccinated every year.
False: If I take flu medicine, I can get the disease on foot.
The flu should not be confused with the common cold. The flu is more severe than the common cold. For example, severe muscle pain, headache and sore throat and fever can develop. A person with a cold can overcome the disease standing up, but bed rest is required.
Wrong: I am protected from flu when I wear a mask.
The flu virus can be transmitted through airborne droplets as well as contact with our hands. Therefore, the disease can be transmitted when people touch each other with common items such as phones, mice and door handles used by the patient or by shaking hands. For this reason, it is also important for sick people to wash their hands frequently during this period.
Wrong: I never get sick when vaccinated.
The flu vaccine cannot prevent the disease 100 percent. The vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu and makes its effects less felt even if you are sick. Every year, under the leadership of the World Health Organization, a vaccine is prepared against viruses that are expected to cause an epidemic. Therefore, since the vaccine is not effective against other epidemic viruses, the person can get sick if these viruses are infected.
Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Sezen Özkök stated that after the flu vaccine, the vaccine needs 2-3 weeks to show its effect, “In this period, if the person encounters the virus, the disease may develop due to the lack of antibody response. Therefore, it is important that the vaccine is administered in the early autumn period, before epidemics. ” says.
Wrong: Flu vaccines cause flu.
Contrary to popular belief, flu vaccines do not cause flu. Since the flu vaccine is dead vaccine, there is no risk of developing infection. However, the season in which the vaccine is given is a period in which simple viral infections called “flu” are experienced intensely. For this reason, people think that flu vaccines cause their complaints such as runny nose and fatigue when they have a cold.