Flu Season Ahead

Getting Vaccinated is the Best Defence Against the Flu

You may have had the flu vaccine before and think you don’t need to have it again.

The strains and strengths of the flu virus vary every year, so you should strongly consider being re-vaccinated every flu season to remain protected.

The flu vaccine assists your body to fight off these seasonal infections and reduces your chance of illness and complications, so make sure you’re protected and get the full benefit of the flu vaccine, by getting vaccinated as soon as you can.

You should try to do this during March or early April as the vaccine becomes available, before the flu starts to spread, in order to maximise your immunity.

Why Vaccinate

Influenza is quite different to the Common Cold. Commonly known as ‘the flu’, it is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system –

your nose, throat and lungs.

Particularly in higher risk groups, with reduced immunity, the flu can lead to serious, life-threatening complications, especially worsening of existing health problems and pneumonia.

Who is Considered High Risk?

 

Flu Vaccination

 

  • Adults who are 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
  • People with chronic pulmonary (including COPD, asthma), cardiovascular (including
    congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic,
    or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
  • People who are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by
    medications or by Human Immunodeficiency Virus). .

Pneumonia

Untreated flu may complicate into pneumonia. Pneumonia-causing organisms can be picked up from people who cough or sneeze around you. Even if it gets good medical care, pneumonia can still be very dangerous to one’s health.

The following people are at greater risk of getting pneumococcal disease:

  • Adults who are 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 2 years old and those in group child care
  • People with chronic illnesses (lung, heart, liver, kidney disease, asthma,
    diabetes, COPD or alcoholism)
  • People with conditions that weaken the immune system (HIV/AIDS, cancer,
    or damaged/absent spleen)

Getting the flu shot can save lives! Tell your family and friends to get vaccinated as well!

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