Ondokuz Mayıs University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Sciences, Department of Child Health and Diseases, Pediatric Immunology-Allergy Specialist Prof. Dr. Alişan Yıldırım made important statements about the flu.
Claiming that flu is beneficial for children receiving breast milk, Prof. Dr. Alişan Yıldırım stated that people often confuse the common cold with the flu.
Prof. Dr. Alişan Yıldırım’s explanations are as follows:
When flu is mentioned, some people may confuse it with ‘cold’.
Actually, the two are similar, but there is a very important difference. there is; it is also the presence of a high fever in the flu.
In the common cold, nasal congestion and cough without fever… That’s the difference.
There are already two laboratory tests in the diagnosis of flu. method is used. One of them is the ‘rapid test’, and the other is the production of the virus in culture. But these take time and their sensitivity is low. That’s why doctors diagnose the flu clinically. Its difference from the common cold is important for him.
The long duration of coughing in flu is also an important finding in children.
ZERO MILESTONES IS TRYING TO LEARN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Children, like any age group, can easily catch the flu because their immune systems are still in the learning phase. The immune system is a system that starts working in our body from birth, but starts working from zero kilometers. It is a system that tries to learn. I can tell you that it is actually a beneficial disease that allows it to develop well.
Other than that, there will be no contamination.
THEN WE SHOULD DO TO PREVENT IT?
We must wash our hands very well.
I think this is the most important thing that a mother or caregiver should know; Children should not touch their hands or face without washing their hands. It is much more important in terms of preventive medicine that the child acquires the same thing as a habit. As for the vaccine studies, it started in the 1940s and was first introduced to the market in 1960, but it could not become widespread due to the many side effects and some problems in the vaccine. We see that it has been introduced, especially to Turkey.
Coming to the characteristics of the vaccine, there is an ‘inactivated’ vaccine and a ‘live’ vaccine. We say live vaccines, but it is also correct to call viruses live.
Viruses are structures that contain a piece of RNA or DNA, surrounded by an envelope. They are not actually alive. In fact, I compare them very much to computer viruses in this respect, for example, the moment you plug the USB into the computer, a virus gets infected and your computer turns into a zombie.
Let me briefly talk about these:
To produce a vaccine, you need to plant it in a ‘culture’ that ‘infective agent’. What could that culture be? It is either living cells or a tissue. That tissue is usually monkey or dog kidney–in the early days, but eggs were used, chicken eggs, chicken eggs as we know it… 160 times ‘passage’ were made from this. What does the passage mean? It means making that culture over and over again. So you need to use 160 eggs to get one vaccine.
WHY DOES VIRAL VACCINES PROTECT?
When you make the vaccine It is 100% effective, not 100% protective. We have such a problem.
However, when you look at what our other colleagues have said, they say that it has 90% protection. However, this is not the rate of protection, they mean the antibodies produced by the immune system, which are found in the serum and developed against the flu. But the protective effects of those antibodies against the flu are very little. Because viruses are some beings that enter the cell and make themselves reproduce in that cell—I am not saying that they are alive, you see, they are ‘entities’… And for that, the protective effect of antibodies, especially in viral diseases, is very, very limited.< p/>
See that’s why, in the studies conducted–CIDRAP and EUROSURVEILLANCE studies are very important on these issues–they looked at the effectiveness of the flu vaccine as it was said, it is very, very low and has more side effects. ‘, they say, it’s said it’s not worth the cost.
WHY ARE SO MANY FLU VACCINES COMING TO THE FRONT TIME?
A When you enter the pharmacy, pay attention to, “Have you had your flu shot?” he writes.