Common flu is deemed as not a very big deal for many people in many countries. However, it can get life-threatening in some cases. There are a lot of factors that play a part in making the common flu a fatal disease. There are people with pre-existing conditions, young children, and the elderly who are the most vulnerable to such diseases.
Every year, around 650,000 people around the world lose their lives and succumb to the flu. Most of the death due to flu have occurred in the age range of 65 and above. There are flu shots and vaccinations available to help people in that regard, especially the elders and children. The world has immunized itself, and South Korea ranks on top of the best vaccination rate among OECD countries. Other than that, the US, the UK, Mexico, Brazil, and Australia also rank among the top of the line.
Despite flu proving to be fatal, many other countries have a bad case of immunization through vaccination. The elderly in those countries have refused to take their shots. In countries like Germany and Norway, the vaccination rate has gone down to 30-40 percent among the seniors, whereas in Turkey, the vaccination rate among elders is as low as 7 percent.
In a time like this, where COVID-19 has taken over the world, the flu vaccinations are more important than ever. During a global pandemic, you must do anything to avoid being infected, and you can start by taking your flu vaccination. These vaccinations can help you develop the antibodies that can help you fight the dangerous co-infections that can be very harmful to older people.
Infographic by: statista