Influenza, or “the flu”, is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and which in severe cases, can require hospitalisation. Each year, an influenza vaccine is available to the public, and it’s recommended that you get your flu shot in autumn each year. This allows time for your immunity to strengthen before the flu season commences in winter.
General Practitioners, or GPs, are qualified medical doctors who provide preventative care and health education to patients, as well as treat acute and chronic illnesses. GPs don’t specialise in a particular field of medicine, such as cardiology, neurology or paediatrics. GPs do, however, have a broad knowledge of general health and medicine and can provide routine health care to the local community such as: