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.
It’s estimated that each year the flu contributes to more than 3000 deaths among Australians over 50, and causes approximately 13,500 hospitalisations around Australia.
The quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) are funded on the National Immunisation Program in 2017 for the following groups:
The flu vaccination is also recommended to people working within the community, and is particularly important for healthcare providers as well as staff at nursing homes and child care centres.
Flu shots will be available at Newtown Medical Centre in mid-April. Our flu clinic is now taking bookings for both funded and private influenza vaccinations. Please phone (03) 5211 5044 to make your appointment.
What is Influenza?
Commonly known as the flu, influenza is a highly contagious virus that is spread from person to person via sneezing, coughing and contact with infected hands and surfaces. The virus infects the nose, throat and in severe cases, the lungs. Symptoms develop suddenly and can last up to a week. They include fever, sore throat and aching muscles. In severe instances, illnesses such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, which can lead to hospitalisation and even death.
The influenza virus is always changing so immunity doesn’t last a long time. This is why vaccinations are given every year. Even if you received the flu shot last year, call us today to make an appointment for your 2017 flu vaccination (03) 5221 5044.