Influenza vaccines have a good safety record. They have been extensively studied, with no reported influenza vaccination-related deaths in Malaysia or Singapore. While they can occasionally cause mild side effects such as redness, pain, swelling at the injection site, or fever, these effects typically resolve on their own.
Thus, there is no reason to be afraid of influenza vaccines. Instead, we should rely on them to help prevent influenza, a disease that affects 3 to 5 million people annually, causing severe complications like pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, and even respiratory deaths (ranging from 290,000 to 650,000).
The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends annual influenza shots for everyone over the age of 6 months. This is especially important if you belong to any of the following high-risk group:
The bottom line? Influenza vaccines are safe and a highly necessary preventive healthcare measure! With millions of people affected by influenza each year, it is essential to prioritise the annual influenza vaccination, particularly for high-risk groups and vulnerable populations. This small step could help avert tremendous physical, emotional, and financial suffering resulting from severe influenza and related complications.