With winter creeping over the horizon, now is the time to book for flu vaccinations.
Usually the worst time for flu is early in the year, around April or May. The change of seasons seems to trigger flu outbreaks. Young children and people over 59 are most at risk of contracting the virus. People between 18 and 59 are less likely to contract the virus because they generally have better immune systems. The immune systems of older people are generally weaker making them more susceptible to infection.
Annual vaccination reduces the chances of catching the flu and reduces the severity of the flu if anyone does catch it. The annual vaccination program is based on the viruses circulating in the northern hemisphere, this year the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the Australian 2016 influenza season contains protection against 4 viruses currently circulating. The A (H1N1) A (H3N2) B a B/Brisbane/60/2008 like virus and B/Phuket/3073/2013 virus are all covered. Vaccination is a reliable and safe way to avoid getting flu.
Anyone over the age of six months who is not severely allergic to vaccine ingredients can be vaccinated. The flu vaccine cannot cause the flu because it does not contain live virus.
It is particularly important for people in high-risk groups to be vaccinated. These include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years or older, adults and children with a chronic disease, especially heart conditions, lung disease, kidney disorders or diabetes, and children with cyanotic congenital heart disease.
Please book online or call us on 02 9922 3022 to arrange an immediate vaccination.