The entire Megamarket Team is already immunized

At MEGAMARKET CHILE, we know the importance of avoiding diseases and taking care of ourselves.

Our sales executives and drivers daily have meetings in clinics and health centers in which the danger of catching the influenza virus is greater and therefore pass the disease to the rest of the team that works in the office, who are also exposed daily when traveling in public spaces. That is why this 2019 and adding to the campaign of the Ministry of Health, WE PLACED OUR SHOULDERS TO WINTER.

We share a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the vaccine (Source: Minsal)

  • What disease causes the influenza virus and what are its characteristics?

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus, which affects the nose, throat and, sometimes, the lungs. The disease can be mild, but it can also develop in a serious way and, sometimes, it can cause death. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year.

  • What is the Influenza vaccine?

The influenza vaccine is inactivated, it is made up of particles called hemagglutinins that are on the surface of the influenza virus. It contains the hemagglutinin of three viruses – two of type A (H3N2 and H1N1), and one of type B.

  • Who recommends the formulation of the influenza vaccine every year?

Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) studies the influenza viruses circulating in each hemisphere and projects, based on what happened in the winter of the northern hemisphere, the types of viruses that will be most important in the southern hemisphere. Based on this study, WHO provides recommendations for the preparation of vaccines to be used in immunization campaigns. With this information, the Ministry of Health acquires the vaccines, which are subject to strict control processes in the Institute of Public Health, after which they are distributed.

  • When are we protected?

Two weeks after the vaccine is administered, the human organism develops protection through the production of antibodies, the protection lasts up to one year. It is important to note that the vaccine does not protect against diseases caused by other viruses.

  • What are the recommendations after being vaccinated?

– Drink plenty of liquid.

– Observe the place where the vaccine was applied and put cold compresses if you have redness and / or pain.

– Check the temperature if necessary.

– Use medicines for pain and / or fever recommended by the health professional.

  • How to prevent influenza?

The best way to avoid getting this disease and especially serious complications, is vaccination.

Other measures that may contribute are:

– Frequent hand washing and general hygiene measures.

– When coughing or sneezing, cover with mouth and nose tissues, or alternatively cover the mouth and nose with forearm. In both cases perform later hand washing.

– Limit the contact of the patient with other people (health personnel, family members and visitors).

– Avoid sharing utensils or trying the food with the same spoon that is feeding your child.

  • What are the reactions after receiving the influenza vaccine?

After the vaccination, some reactions may occur, in general mild and transient, such as:

– Inflammation, redness and pain or increase in volume in the area of ​​the injection.

– Fever greater than 37.5ºC

– Decay.

Faced with these reactions:

– Give enough liquid to drink.

– Place cold compresses (room temperature) if there is local pain.

– Do not overcook.

– Do not touch the area where you have been vaccinated.

  • If the person has a fever, can he be vaccinated?

No, in case of fever the vaccination should be postponed until the feverish state passes.

  • What are the contraindications to receiving the vaccine?

Having presented a severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic) in relation to egg consumption or against some component of the vaccine in previous doses.

The anaphylactic reaction is of immediate and potentially fatal onset, it is characterized by reddening of the skin, tachycardia, respiratory difficulty, loss of consciousness, among others.

If the previously described history exists, it is recommended to consult with your doctor to decide on vaccination during this season.

  • Can the vaccine cause me influenza?

There is no possibility of that happening, given that the vaccine is inactivated, composed of subunits and does not contain the influenza virus.

Gallery of Images