January is usually the flu season but it reaches its peak in February when the outbreak is usually at its worst. Although physicians advise getting vaccinated in the autumn, you can still benefit from an immunisation now because it only takes 10-14 days for the vaccine to be fully effective.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against flu viruses and needs to be renewed every year. Flu viruses are constantly changing and hence deceive our immune system, allowing viruses to attack us every year. The seasonal flu virus spreads easily through direct contact (coughing or shaking hands) or through indirect contact (door handle). In addition, these viruses can survive on smooth surfaces for up to two days and remain contagious.
A flu jab can significantly reduce the risk of getting sick and developing serious complications. Therefore a moderate protection against the flu is still better than none, as it can prevent a particularly serious progression of the flu infection.
If you have any further questions, please contact your physician.