Why you should get that Flu Shot

Most people know what it’s like to be bogged down with a tight chest, a nasty cough, that runny nose and all the other aches and pains that are associated with the winter flu.

Yet, in spite of the fact that there are flu vaccines that can greatly reduce your chances of becoming ill, there are still a lot of people who ignore the vaccination call.  
Resolution Health believes that prevention is always better than cure and giving those sniffles a complete miss is a far smarter option than trying to treat them.  That’s why our preventative care benefits offer you an annual flu vaccine that is aimed at helping you and your family stay healthy during winter.

Resolution Health not only provides healthy members with their annual flu vaccine, but takes special care with high-risk members, like the elderly, those with chronic illnesses and HIV by making sure they have their flu shot every year.  This means those at high risk of developing flu complications have a far lower likelihood of catching the flu. Call our friendly call centre on 0861 796 6400 or email clientservices@resomed.co.za for more info.

 

Where to get your flu shot

All options (except the Hospital option) have access to the annual flu vaccine. Foundation members receive theirs at their network GP while all other options can go to their local pharmacy and then claim back the cost of the vaccine.


How to claim

Foundation members:
Your GP will give you the vaccine at their discretion and will submit the invoice for payment directly.

All other options with Preventative Care Benefits:
Your GP or Pharmacist will give you the vaccine at their discretion and will submit the invoice for payment directly.

 

Why vaccinate?

Give up on the usual excuses for not having your flu shot – being afraid of needles, covering the cost or even believing the vaccine makes you sick.  You should get your flu shot because:


•    Your Resolution Health Preventative Care benefits, which are available across most options, cover the cost of your annual flu vaccine.


•    Being older than 65 or suffering from a chronic condition places you at higher risk of complications, making it essential to have your shot if you fall within these groups.


•    If you are afraid of needles, consider the following: Flu is highly contagious and besides the general symptoms and complaints, can result in complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia or can, in its worst forms, even prove fatal - somewhat scarier than a shot in the arm, right? 


•    A flu vaccine is an inactivate vaccine, meaning that it basically contains a dead flu virus. The killed virus is injected into muscles and stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies against the flu. You may get slight flu-like symptoms just after the vaccine, but these will pass quickly and can be treated with simple analgesics. If the virus enters a person who has been vaccinated, the antibodies attack and kill the virus and prevent infection to a great degree. 


Why you need to be vaccinated every year

Each year the flu virus changes slightly, making the vaccine used in previous years less or totally ineffective. As a result, each year a new vaccine must be prepared that will be effective against the expected type of flu to give you the best chance possible of remaining healthy throughout the winter months.

 
Who should get vaccinated?

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should be vaccinated. However, there are certain high-risk groups who are strongly advised to have the flu vaccine, as they could develop serious complications should they have a bout of flu.


These include:

  • Children under the age of 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Any person over the age of 50 but definitely those over 65 years of age
  • People with chronic medical conditions especially heart and lung diseases
  • Members who are HIV positive
  • Those living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who work in crowded work environments


Ask your doctor before being vaccinated if you:

  • Have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
  • Have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past
  • Want to vaccinate a child under the age of six months