Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, head of operations at Bonitas Medical Fund, said vaccines are vital for strengthening the immune system and enabling it to fight viruses.
“The flu virus changes every year. This means last year’s vaccine will not keep you safe this year. The vaccine helps your immune system fight off the virus by producing antibodies, which are the soldiers in your body that fight the flu virus,” he said.
Lisa Giltrow, senior pharmacist at Medirite, a pharmacy chain located in Checkers and Shoprite stores, told TimesLIVE the company saw an increase of 17% in flu vaccines administered in 2021 and expects sustained interest this year.
She said while everyone is at risk of infection, some groups were at a higher risk than others.
“The elderly, pregnant women, children, those with chronic conditions and healthcare workers are at increased risk of contracting or being severely affected by flu,” said Giltrow.
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