Influenza vaccination at Burglengenfeld Hospital: the most important questions and answers

At the forefront of flu vaccination – Dr. Josef Zäch (right) and Steffen König.

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As every year, employees of the Burglengenfeld hospital can get vaccinated against the flu on site. According to a press release from the Burglengenfeld Hospital, many of them are accepting the offer. First of all, the medical director Dr. Josef Zäch and care service manager Steffen König, who not only vaccinated each other, but also injected the current vaccine to colleagues such as clinic manager Felix Sasse. Regarding the flu shot, Dr. Briefly answer the most important questions:

Who should get the flu vaccine?

In addition to people at increased occupational risk, such as clinic staff, according to the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), people over 60 and people with certain underlying diseases should be vaccinated against the flu. This includes other chronic diseases of the respiratory organs, diseases of the heart or blood circulation, diseases of the liver or kidneys, 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 later vaccination at the turn of the year or later may also make sense. Another important piece of information is that vaccination protection is fully achieved only about ten to 14 days after vaccination. This means you will remain “vulnerable” for almost two weeks.

Can I be vaccinated against flu and corona at the same time?

Yes. According to the Stiko recommendation, there is no longer a 14-day vaccination interval between the vaccination against Covid-19 and the administration of other so-called inactivated vaccines (e.g. against the flu). The vaccinations can be given at the same time, but each injection should be given in a different limb, usually the upper arm.

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