Flu Vaccine: when and where you can get it

While catching the flu can happen anytime of the year, it is more common to catch or experience flu-like symptoms during the cooler months, from April to October. The annual flu vaccine will soon be distributed across general practices, pharmacies, community health clinics, some workplaces, and schools.

It’s free for those at risk, including:

  • Pregnant women (at any stage)
  • People aged 65 years and older
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older
  • People aged six months and over with medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease (such as diabetes, severe asthma, lung or heart disease)

The AMA (Australian Medical Association) and RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) state the best time to get the flu shot is towards the end of April and the beginning of May.

Elevate is offering the flu shot (with the latest strains) for $30 (per person) to patients ready to roll up their sleeve and get the flu jab. Our Sydney clinic is located on level 2, 8 Spring Street, CBD.

Here are 6 ways you can help fight the flu (Australian Department of Health, 2018):

  • Get a flu shot
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm
  • Bin your tissues-do not reuse
  • Avoid sharing cups, plates, cutlery and towels
  • Keep surfaces clean (e.g. door handles)
  • Note: antibiotics will NOT help (antibiotics only work for bacterial infections)
  • If you get the flu, you need to rest at home to avoid infecting others

What is influenza A (the flu)?

Influenza A is caused by an infection from a virus, often called ‘the flu’. There are 3 types of influenza virus: A, B, and C, with A being the most serious. Influenza is the only type known to cause wide-spread outbreaks. The influenza virus is always changing and evolving. In Australia, a new strain comes out every winter.

Influenza A symptoms:

  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Sneezing, runny nose
  • Sore throat and cough

If you have influenza, you are likely to get better in a week by resting in bed. Mild pain killers can help to reduce pain and discomfort. Drink plenty of fluid and eat when you’re hungry. In some individuals, the flu can be severe and lead to serious complications. Your doctor may give you an antiviral treatment to reduce symptoms and severity of the virus.

Influenza spreads very easily from one person to another. Don’t forget it’s important to practice regular hand washing and regularly wipe commonly touched surfaces. A yearly flu vaccine is helpful to keep yourself protected. For more information or to book your flu jab, contact Elevate on 9252 2225 and speak with one of our reception team.

References

Australian Government Department of Health: Health Direct (2018). Flu risk and health trends in Australia. Retrieved from http:// https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/flu-trends.

Australian Government Department of Health: Health Direct (2018). Influenza A (flu). Retrieved from http:// https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/influenza-a-flu.

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