Last year’s flu epidemic was the worst influenza season in Australia since the Bird flu of 2008. Queensland Health has since however reported that the current 2018 reported cases are already at 3,242 – 300 people more than this time last year. Experts are dubbing it the “Brisbane” virus, saying that this strain of influenza is one of them most deadly we have seen yet.
The flu vaccination has already begun to roll out across GP’s, schools, pharmacies and workplaces. The Australian Government strongly urge everyone (from six months onwards) to be prepared and get immunised.
Does getting the flu vaccination guarantee full protection?
Getting the flu shot lowers your risk of contracting the flu. It is about 60 to 70 percent effective in healthy adults. The vaccination does not ensure absolute protection, but will limit the spread of the disease. The more people in the community that are vaccinated, the greater the prevention.
Hand washing has also been highlighted as the number one line of defence for flu prevention.
Who is at greater risk of getting the flu?
Those with weaker immune systems are at greater risk of getting the flu. This includes the elderly, people with diabetes, asthma, lung/heart disease.
Is the flu vaccination free?
Per the National Immunisation Program, certain people may be eligible for the free flu vaccine.
- Pregnant women
- People aged 65+ years
- 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 (includes diabetes, asthma, lung/heart disease)
- Children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old (in NSW, VIC, ACT & WA)
When should I get the flu vaccination?
It has been strongly advised that people the in central and southern parts of QLD get the flu vaccination from mid to end of April. The flu is said to peak between the month’s of May – August 2018.
What if I got the vaccination last year?
It is important to get vaccinated every year as the strains of the influenza virus are constantly changing. Our bodies form an antibiotic resistance to previous flu strains and hence new vaccines are developed to specifically fight the current strain.
Where do I get the flu shot?
You can get the flu shot from your GP or local pharmacy. Please visit the Chemist Warehouse website to book in a time https://rsvp.chemistwarehouse.com.au/ .
Hendra & Wacol: You have till midnight, 19/04/18 to book your appointment for the onsite vaccinations. Please see the link below. The vaccines will be delivered on Thursday, 26 April 2018 from 1.30pm at HENDRA (494 Nudgee Road, Hendra 4011).
Written By: Julie John (17 April 2018)
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