Vaccination against influenza saves lives

Jc Meyer*, M. Sibanda, Rj Burnett

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Influenza is a highly contagious, acute respiratory viral infection, responsible for annual epidemics causing severe morbidity and mortality. Vaccination remains the most effective, live-saving preventative strategy, especially amongst populations at high risk of developing influenzarelated complications. The inactivated trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine contains two World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended influenza A and one influenza B strains, while the quadrivalent vaccine contains an additional B strain, providing broader protection against co-circulating influenza B lineages. Healthcare workers are instrumental in ensuring effective communication about the benefits of influenza vaccination to achieve optimal seasonal influenza vaccination coverage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Immunisation
  • Influenza
  • Prevention
  • Vaccination


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