Should you get the flu shot every year?

Active Medical Centre Caroline Springs 2016 Influenza Vaccine

Should you get the flu shot every year?

The Influenza vaccination, commonly known as the flu shot, is the key to protecting your family from dangerous complications resulting from the influenza virus, which can lead to hospitalisation, or in some cases even death.

The team of doctors at Active Medical Centre in Caroline Springs see many patients who confuse common cold symptoms with having the flu. This can sometimes lead to thinking that the flu is nothing to worry about.

 The chance of a healthy person getting the flu in an average year is as high as 20%, with the influenza virus passing from person to person through coughing and sneezing. And the reality is that if you get the flu, the usual antibiotics will not help because your body will be fighting a virus not an infection.

Influenza can be very dangerous, especially for people over 65, young children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems or chronic illnesses. For these people, influenza can lead to pneumonia, severe respiratory distress and even heart failure.  Which is why each year, there is a new influenza vaccine designed to protect people from particular strains of the virus that have been prevalent over the previous Northern Hemisphere winter.

Once tested and approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian Federal Government provides the new version of the vaccine for free at the same time for all Medical Centres and Pharmacies to be provided to the above mentioned eligible patients.

 Influenza vaccinations offer 70-90% protection from the virus so it’s important to have a vaccination each year. You may not be protected against new strains of the influenza virus unless you keep your vaccinations up-to-date. The best time to be vaccinated is as early as possible in autumn.

 The best way to protect your family from influenza is to be immunised, so that you don’t bring the virus home. This will help to reduce the spread of the virus throughout the community. Also, make sure your vulnerable loved ones are immunised to protect them from flu related complications.

Book now by phoning the Active Medical team on 03 9363 0954, online or visiting us at Active Medical Centre, 228 – 232 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs.