It’s time to think about getting a flu vaccination.
This winter could see a very high number of flu cases in the country.
Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu outbreak on record and the global circulation of the virus means that episodes in the Antipodes are indicators of the likelihood of outbreaks in Europe later in the year.
For many people a bout of flu will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness.
However for people in “at-risk” groups flu can have serious consequences, leading to existing health conditions getting worse or the development of an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia. For example, if you have asthma the symptoms may become more severe if you catch flu. For people with diabetes flu can potentially cause high blood sugar levels. Pregnant women should know that a bout of the flu could leave their child with a life-long health condition.
That’s why it is so important that people in these “at-risk” groups arrange to have a flu vaccination.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccination from your GP practice if you:
If you know someone in one of these categories please remind them of the importance of protecting their health this winter.
Many GP practices offer walk-in and by-appointment flu clinics for their registered patients and we are beginning to compile a list of dates and times. We will be updating the list as we receive the information from GP practices
Contact your local GP practice to book if required.