Leading the way with flu vaccination – Dr. Josef Zäch (right) and Steffen König.
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As every year, employees of the Burglengenfeld Hospital can get a flu shot on site. According to a press release from the Burglengenfeld hospital, many of them accept this offer. First of all, the Medical Director Dr. Josef Zäch and the manager of the nursing service Steffen König, who not only vaccinated each other, but also injected colleagues such as the clinic manager Felix Sasse with the current vaccine. Regarding the flu vaccination, Dr. Briefly answers the most important questions:
Who should get a flu shot?
In addition to people with greater occupational risk, such as clinic staff, according to the Permanent Vaccination Commission (Stiko), people over 60 and people with certain underlying diseases should be vaccinated against the flu. This applies to other chronic diseases of the respiratory organs, heart or circulatory diseases, liver or kidney diseases, diabetes or other metabolic diseases, as well as chronic underlying neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis.
When is the best time to get vaccinated?
In general, the ideal time is from mid-October to mid-December. Depending on the course of the current flu wave, a vaccination after or after the turn of the year may also make sense. Also important is the information that protection from vaccination is only fully achieved around 10 to 14 days after vaccination. This means that you remain “vulnerable” for almost two weeks.
Can I get the flu and corona vaccine at the same time?
Yes. Per Stiko’s recommendation, there is no longer a 14-day vaccination interval between Covid-19 vaccines and administration of other so-called inactivated vaccines (such as influenza). The vaccines can be given simultaneously, but each injection must be given in a different extremity, usually the upper arm.