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Flu Vaccination Training - What Is The Flu?

Flu vaccination training is something that is becoming increasingly important for medical professionals UK-wide. But what is the flu and why is vaccination against it so important? The flu (short for influenza) is a viral illness that is fairly common and infectious. It can take around a week for a normally healthy person to recover from; but for some groups such as pregnant women and the elderly, it can have life-threatening consequences. Although it’s possible to catch the flu at any time of the year, it is most common in winter. Health professionals suggest vulnerable people especially have the flu vaccine. Medical training makes this easier than ever.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Flu And How Does Medical Training Help?

The flu usually starts suddenly with no warning. Symptoms include a high temperature of over 100.4oF (38oC), weakness, exhaustion, headaches, general aches and pains and a chesty cough. It can also consist of cold-like symptoms including a blocked or runny nose, sore throat and sneezing. However, these tend to be secondary symptoms and are not as severe as the initial ones. Once you have the flu, it is best to stay in bed to recover and rest. This can, as noted, take a week or more. For those in work, have young children, or who run their own businesses – as well as those who are vulnerable – this is time in bed that has a serious knock-on effect. Therefore, the more professionals who understand flu training, the less chance there is of catching the illness. Why is this? It is because if more people undertake flu vaccination training, then the result is that more people are able to have the flu vaccine. And although not everyone is eligible for it on the NHS, if those who are eligible are given the vaccine, they won’t spread the illness to others. This means that far fewer people end up with the flu. Additionally, anyone can have the flu vaccine if they pay for it privately, which will help the situation even more. Additional immunisation and vaccination training will mean that fewer people become ill. It also means that fewer people will die, as there is no doubt that the flu can kill those who are vulnerable to it.

The Flu Course - How Does The Flu Vaccine Work?

As well as training to give injections, a good flu course will also explain exactly how the flu vaccination works. This is important as many people who are eligible to have this potentially lifesaving vaccination will have questions about it. Without convincing arguments as to why it is beneficial, they may decide not to have it at all. One question that is often raised is how the flu vaccine actually works. In simple terms, a virus operates by invading your blood stream, and antibodies made by the body are proteins that fight the virus. When the flu vaccine is injected into the patient by means of a syringe, this stimulates the immune system to create more antibodies than usual. These are held in reserve to attack the ‘real’ flu virus if it tries to enter the body at a later date. The more antibodies you have waiting to fight for you, the less likely it is you will get the flu, as there is less chance of the virus slipping through. It can, however, take from 10 to 14 days after getting the flu vaccination before your body is immune to the virus. If you are exposed to the virus before you have had the chance to create the antibodies, you may still come down with the flu. Many people worry that having the flu vaccine itself will mean that they will become ill, but this is not the case. ECG will be able to give you all the information you need to reassure patients of its efficacy.

Up-to-date, Informative Flu Vaccination Training From Experts ECG

Flu vaccination training is an essential part of any professional’s medical training – it can prevent severe illness and even save lives. With ECG’s exceptional courses, you’ll learn everything you need to know about giving the flu vaccination. All of the information about our great value courses, including vital medical techniques such as CPR training and general vaccination training, can be found on our website at http://ecgtraining.co.uk/. Please do take a look, and if you have any queries or questions, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team on either 0845 423 8993 or enquiries@ecgtraining.co.uk. We will be happy to assist.