We are now in November that means that the flu is at the entrance. Tomorrow, vaccination against influenza in Norrköping begins.
The flu that comes every year is called seasonal flu. The risk of infection is greater indoors than in outdoors as the infection is thrown faster into the air. Infection usually spreads to buses, preschools and schools, as well as to workplaces.
Among people aged over 65, chronic patients and heart disease, are included in risk groups who are at risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with influenza. The Östergötland region offers anyone in any risk group a free vaccine.
Influenza itself is rarely severe. On the other hand, there may be several complications. It is mainly those who belong to a risk group who are at risk of becoming seriously ill.
Symptoms may be similar to other illnesses such as high fever, coughing and colds.
In most cases, the problem goes by itself. However, if you experience a high fever that does not decrease after four days and the high fever has fallen and then begins to rise again, it is necessary to seek medical attention.
This year, the Östergötland Region has made a major effort for those involved in risk groups.
"This year we managed to coordinate all health care centers around the time of vaccination. During week 45, 46 and 47, between 13-16 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we offer 65 years of age or older There will be more times in total than previous ones, says Britt Åkerlind, an infectious painter in the Östergötland region.
Those included in other risk groups get another solution.
– Those belonging to other risk groups and treated in primary care go to the health center. Those who go to qualified doctors should first go there for vaccinations. However, if there is a problem with your time with your doctor, contact your healthcare center, says Britt Åkerlind.