The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently launched a health initiative called National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 8-14, 2008. Events such as these are truly valuable in creating an awareness of how to fight the influenza blues. The week launched the flu vaccination rally the months of January and February 2009, and beyond.
During the vaccination program, the children, elderly, and health care workers are especially encouraged to be vaccinated against the flu. The importance of flu vaccines cannot be understated, especially taking into consideration the rapidly spreading nature and seasonal occurrence of influenza. It is no doubt a disease of masses, and one of the most contagious diseases present. This is why even the WHO recommends flu vaccinations for people in the southern hemisphere during the winter of 2009.
WHO is soon going to announce a flu vaccination program for the Northern hemisphere and equatorial zone. Though flu activity reported during the year 2008 all over the world was mild to moderate, cases of the flu occurred all over Africa, Europe, Asia, and America. Considering the high rates of Influenza A and B virus strains among epidemics, and also considering the high rates of resistance to anti-viral treatment, flu vaccinations seem to be mandatory in forthcoming days.
Scientists are trying to formulate faster acting flu vaccines using DNA biotechnology. If they succeed in this venture, this could herald the end of the nuisances caused by these stringent viruses. However, individual flu vaccinations are of no use if we want to ensure the end of an epidemic. We need to build herd immunity by implementing wider vaccination programs for the benefit of the community as a whole. The role of flu vaccine in improving one’s disease-fighting power is unquestionable. Following the vaccination schedules scrupulously is what we need!