Vaccination against influenza saves lives

  • J C Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • M Sibande Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • R J Burnett Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: influenza, vaccination, immunisation, prevention

Abstract

Influenza is a highly contagious, acute respiratory viral infection, responsible for annual epidemics causing severe morbidity and mortality. Vaccination remains the most effective, live-saving preventative strategy, especially amongst populations at high risk of developing influenzarelated complications. The inactivated trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine contains two World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended influenza A and one influenza B strains, while the quadrivalent vaccine contains an additional B strain, providing broader protection against co-circulating influenza B lineages. Healthcare workers are instrumental in ensuring effective communication about the benefits of influenza vaccination to achieve optimal seasonal influenza vaccination coverage.

Author Biographies

J C Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

M Sibande, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

R J Burnett, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Department of Virology, School of Medicine, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Published
2020-05-19
Section
Reviews