Last year’s influenza season saw the highest levels of activity since the 2009 pandemic year with high levels of absenteeism and a substantial burden on primary care and hospitals.
With autumn approaching now is a great time to prepare yourself for this year’s flu season.
1. You can protect those that are vulnerable
Getting influenza is very common in our community. People most at risk of complications from the flu are:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders aged 6 months to <5 years and adolescents and adults aged 15 years and over
- People with severe asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and kidney disease and certain chronic conditions
If you’re fit and healthy you may be wondering if it’s necessary for you to have the shot, but it’s worth considering that the flu is extremely contagious and it’s possible that you could give the flu to an infant or senior who may not have the ability to fight it off.
2. Flu strains change each year
The flu virus is always changing. Currently the Influenza vaccination will provide you with protection for about a year. To ensure ongoing protection, it is recommended that you are annually vaccinated with the most up to date vaccine.
3. If you get the flu, it can take weeks to recover
Influenza is more serious than a cold and it can takes weeks to recover. Some people can also develop pneumonia, bronchitis, chest infections, or more serious complications. With work, study, children, social activities, and chores, no one has time for the flu.
4. You can’t get the flu from the vaccine
It’s a common misconception that you can catch the flu from getting your shot, but this isn’t true. The vaccine does not contain any live virus so it’s not possible to contract influenza from it.
5. It’s safe for pregnant women
A lot of people ask whether it’s completely safe for women who are pregnant to have their annual vaccination – this is a categorical yes at every stage of pregnancy. In addition, avoiding the flu is a benefit to you and your baby.
Don’t be part of this year’s statistics, have your annual flu shot to ensure you protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the latest flu strains.
Ozcare is an experienced flu vaccination provider, delivering flu vaccination services to workplaces and schools for more than 18 years. Now is the best time to book a flu vaccination clinic in preparation for the flu season this winter.
Our programs can be run at any time of the year, but are most effective in the months leading up to winter; March to June.
Book your 2018 flu vaccination clinic for your business or school now.