Now the weather is turning colder, it’s time to plan for the flu season: May to October.
For the 2018 season, the Australian Influenza Surveillance Report found that people who’d had the flu vaccine that year were 68% less likely to present to a general practitioner and 58% less likely to be hospitalised due to influenza, when compared to those unvaccinated.
How can I get the flu vaccine?
2019 flu vaccines are expected to arrive by mid to late April.
As in previous years, Bulli Medical Practice will run nurse-led vaccination clinics as well as offering vaccinations during routine consultations.
3 ways to reduce the risk of getting and spreading the flu
- Get a flu shot – It is important to get the influenza vaccination every year. The vaccine is most effective 3 to 4 months after vaccination.
- Wash your hands – Good hygiene is one of the best ways to help prevent colds and flu from spreading. Wash your hands regularly.
- Cover coughs and sneezes – Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and put your tissues straight into the bin.