Flying home for
In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual flu vaccination campaigns kicked-off recently. The vaccine they’re using is different from the one used this year in the Southern Hemisphere, with 2 of the 4 strains having being changed.
Thailand, although sitting north of the equator, uses the Southern Hemisphere vaccine, because the timing of it’s flu season is more aligned with that of the South than the North.
At the clinic recently, we were asked if we could give flu vaccine to a Be Well Member who was about to return to Europe. Clearly the current Southern Hemisphere vaccine wouldn’t be the best option so we set out to look for a supply of the Northern Hemisphere vaccine. We’re pleased to say that we were successful and the Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine is now available at our clinic.
It generally takes 2-3 weeks after getting the vaccine for your body to make enough antibodies to give protection, so it’s wise to be vaccinated before ahead of time if you are going to a place where there may be flu virus around.
In view of the relative Covid safety in Thailand currently and the uncertainties of two-way trips at the moment, we suspect that many expats who are in Thailand at the moment may well forego ‘walking in a winter wonderland’ this year. However, if you are planning a return to North America or Europe this winter, we strongly recommend getting vaccinated ahead of time, especially if you are in one of the high-risk groups. (For information on high-risk groups for the flu please see here).
Now is an opportune time to also remind you that pneumonia vaccine is recommended for all people over 60 years of age too. More details on that vaccine and illness can be found by clicking here.
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