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Get your flu shot from mid-October and protect yourself for the winter.
Important information (as of 29.11.2020):
The third and last delivery of the influenza vaccine for this season has arrived. (Vaxigriptetra)
The flu vaccination can be administered from October 6th onwards – without appointment – in our pharmacy or doctor’s surgery. The ideal time is between mid-October and November/beginning of December.
Costs CHF 35 (complete including vaccine)
ApoDoc is sufficiently covered with vaccine doses for the 2020/2021 season. For this reason no reservations will be accepted.
Vaccination procedure at ApoDoc for the 2020/2021 season:
You first register at the pharmacy and take a ticket for “consultation/prescription”. A pharmacy employee will have you fill out a form and then refer you to the pharmacist or MPA who will carry out the vaccination.
You can download the form here and bring it with you already filled out.Vaccination form ApoDoc
If you belong to a company that has a vaccination agreement with ApoDoc, please bring your batch or business card or similar with you to verify that you belong to the company.
This year we are trying to do the majority of the vaccinations in the pharmacy to avoid mixing with sick people and/or potential Covid patients.
As a vaccine for the 2020/2021 season, we are using Fluarix Tetra while stocks last. It is a quadrivalent vaccine, which is equipped with a second B strain and thus covers more virus strains. The virus strains are influenza virus strains (inactivated, cleaved) of the types A/H1N1, A/H3N2, B/Yamagata and B/Victoria according to the annual recommendations of the WHO (for the northern hemisphere) for the 2020/2021 season.
At the beginning of December we will receive further doses of the second quadrivalent vaccine on the market: Vaxigriptetra.
The flu vaccination period lasts from mid-October until the beginning of the flu epidemic. In Switzerland, the flu wave usually does not start before the end of December, usually in January. Even with an influenza vaccination in December, there is still enough time for the body’s own immune system to build up protection.
We do not vaccinate:
– People with severe allergies to vaccine components
– in case of fever or acute infections it is recommended to postpone the vaccination
– Children: Please consult your pediatrician. (Depending on age, 2 vaccinations must be administered.) If the pediatrician’s practice does not have a vaccine in stock, we will administer the vaccine to the child when a prescription for the child is available or dispense the vaccine to the parents in case the pediatrician administer the vaccine to the child. (also only with prescription)
General information on influenza vaccination
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
When should I get vaccinated?
You should get a flu vaccine now, if you haven’t gotten one already this season. It’s best to get vaccinated before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu. BAG recommends that people get a flu vaccine by mid-October until end of November/beginning December, if possible. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.
Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
What are the benefits of flu vaccination?
While how well the flu vaccine works can vary, there are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year.
– Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu.
– Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.Vaccine effectiveness for the prevention of flu-associated hospitalizations was similar to vaccine effectiveness against flu illness resulting in doctor’s visits in a comparative study published in 2016.
– Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
– Flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac (heart) events among people with heart disease, especially among those who experienced a cardiac event in the past year.
– Flu vaccination also has been associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting vaccinated can also protect a baby after birth from flu. (Mom passes antibodies onto the developing baby during her pregnancy.)
A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness in pregnant women found that vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection by about one half.
There are studies that show that flu vaccine in a pregnant woman can reduce the risk of flu illness in her baby by up to half. This protective benefit was observed for several months after birth.
And a 2017 study was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
– Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick. (For example a 2017 study showed that flu vaccination reduced deaths, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.)
– Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
What is your general vaccination status?
Take the opportunity to have your vaccination status checked by our pharmacists or doctors. We would also be happy to open an electronic vaccination dossier for you, which is constantly updated and digitally available. You can find further information here .
Winter is also the ideal time to start a vaccination against TBE (ticks) in order to be fully protected in spring. The vaccination can be administered at the same time as the flu vaccination.
Further information on the flu vaccination is available here (only german, italian, french) or with us.
Our medical staff will be happy to answer your questions.
Take care of you and others. Protect yourself and others.
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