Influenza: A Quick Overview
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious illness affecting the respiratory system. It’s caused by the influenza virus, mainly types A and B. “In my 20 years in the field, I’ve seen how the flu can knock people off their feet,” says Aitor Aspiazu, an expert with over two decades of experience in Nursing and Corporate Health and Wellbeing. The flu usually sorts itself out in healthy individuals, but complications can be severe and often need medical help.
Flu Season and What to Expect
Flu season typically hits in winter, especially in places with a cold climate. “Cold, dry air is a playground for the flu virus,” notes Aitor, the Lead Nurse Consultant and Founder of Corporate Care. So, it’s no surprise that the risk of catching the flu goes up in winter.
Common Symptoms of Influenza
If you’ve got the flu, you might experience the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Feeling run-down
- Sore throat
- Aching muscles
“During my time vaccinating employees, I’ve heard countless stories of how these symptoms can really disrupt lives,” adds Aitor.
The Waiting Game: Incubation and Symptoms
The flu usually shows its face 24 to 72 hours after you’ve caught it. Symptoms are at their worst for about 3 to 7 days. “Isolating yourself during this time is crucial to avoid potential outbreaks at work,” advises Aitor.
The Best Time for a Flu Shot
Your best bet to dodge the flu is to get a flu shot yearly. Aitor strongly recommends getting vaccinated in autumn, just before winter kicks in. “I’ve been in the field, vaccinating employees year after year. Trust me, it makes a difference.”
Quick Facts on Flu Vaccination
- You will not get sick with the flu after vaccination since the vaccine is not composed of a live virus.
- Flu vaccines are safe.
- An influenza vaccine will not protect you from the common cold or flu-like symptoms. It is intended only to combat the flu.
- The most reliable action to dodge the flu is to receive your annual flu vaccination.
How the Flu Affects Your Workplace
The flu isn’t just bad for you; it’s bad for business. Aitor warns, “I’ve seen the ripple effect of a flu outbreak in a company. It’s not pretty.” Absenteeism goes up, and productivity takes a hit.
Quality You Can Trust in Flu Vaccination
When it comes to flu shots, quality is key. “In my role at Corporate Care, quality assurance is a top priority,” says Aitor. We offer convenient onsite flu shots in Australia and New Zealand.
Keeping Vaccines Effective
Our vaccines work because we store them properly. “Cold chain management is something I’ve always stressed. It’s vital,” concludes Aitor.