The Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (Separ) recommends getting vaccinated against influenza, especially risk groups, since not only prevents infection, but in case of contracting it decreases its severity and, in addition, slows the spread.
The latter is a beneficial side effect of the vaccine that, according to pneumologists, must be taken into account, especially in people who work in health centers but also in geriatric residences where they live with a population at high risk of complications if they get the flu .
In a statement, Separ also recommends vaccination to caregivers of the sick or the elderly, health emergency workers, firemen, security bodies or prison officials who can transmit the virus to vulnerable groups.
Pneumologists remember that the influenza vaccine is indicated in people over 65 years of age or younger with a risk of complications such as those with chronic lung, cardiovascular, neurological diseases, diabetes, obesity, kidney failure, cancer, etc.
Influenza vaccination has a relative protective effect against pneumonia and, if the person finally develops the disease, it tends to have a lower severity and a lower risk of death, says Separ.