Nagpur: Getting an annual influenza vaccine to ward off the flu is becoming increasingly popular among adults, especially after the onset of the COVID pandemic. Along with this, the increasing interest of people in getting affected by the influenza vaccine is also bringing to the fore some of its unknown benefits.
Several studies have also shown that people who received the flu vaccine in the past year were strongly associated with a lower risk of any stroke–ischemic hemorrhage.
“Adult vaccination with the flu vaccine is not only a cost-effective way to prevent influenza, but it is also an effective way to reduce the burden of stroke,” Dr Prashant Joshi, Head of the Department of Medicine, AIIMS, Nagpur said on Friday.
Dr. Prashant Joshi also shared the results of several studies in support of his claim, most of which were done in 2021-22. He was also speaking at a seminar on Adult Immunization organized by AIIMS Nagpur along with AIIMS Raipur and Clinical Infectious Diseases Society (CIDS).
Nagpur-based infectious disease specialist Dr V Ramsubramanian, Dr Ashwini Tayade, CIDS president Dr Vinay Pandit, who is also HOD Medicine in Raipur, have also elaborated on various aspects of adult immunization.
Adult vaccines are integral to a comprehensive wellness approach
“In most parts of both Nagpur and central India, we should go for influenza vaccine every year in the month of April or May, as and when the vaccine becomes available. In the south and north, September-October is the best time to get this vaccine.” Dr Joshi said.
Tayde described the pneumococcal vaccine which is also approved for the prevention of pneumonia. “Adult vaccination is as important and necessary as childhood. It is also recommended to prevent infectious diseases throughout life, but it is ignored,” said Dr. Tayde.
“Adult vaccines are integral to a comprehensive wellness approach and should be encouraged and recommended by all physicians for themselves and their patients,” she said.
Dr Ramsubramanian spoke about the importance of having adult immunization clinics in hospitals. Dr. Pankaj Kannauje, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at AIIMS Raipur has also talked about vaccination among health care workers. And also at the end of the program in a panel discussion, the doctors also discussed various aspects of adult immunization.