Thanks to COVID-19, we’ve all become pretty good at getting vaccinated but unfortunately the COVID vaccination provides no protection against influenza.
Winter is on the way, and that means it’s time to roll up your sleeve once again. Flu season will be here before you can say “ker-choo”.
The flu affects each person differently, ranging from mild cold-like symptoms to fever, fatigue, chills, hospitalisation with complications or worsening of existing medical conditions.
Over recent years, cases and deaths from flu have dropped dramatically as a result of travel restrictions, lockdowns, social distancing, masks and other public health measures.
However with travel restrictions now lifted, and people returning to work and socialising, the likelihood of flu returning this year is much higher.
Here’s what you can do:
The peak efficacy of the flu vaccine is from 3-4 months after your vaccination. Australia’s flu season generally begins in June and peaks in August, so that means the best time to get vaccinated is from April onwards.
At Community Care Chemist, you’re in good hands. Our pharmacist immunisers have completed an accredited vaccination course and additional first aid and CPR requirements to provide this service.
Not sure you need the flu vaccination this year? Here are four reasons why you should get vaccinated:
- The vaccine prevents illness, medical visits and hospitalisation due to influenza
- If you do fall ill or catch a harmful strain, vaccination reduces severity of the illness
- Flu vaccinations are important for preparing the immune systems of people with chronic health conditions or who a pregnant
- Being vaccinated protects those around you who are more vulnerable, such as babies, young children and severely immunocompromised people.
Side effects of the vaccine are usually mild and manageable. Our knowledgeable team can provide all the information you need to manage any side effects.
Check with our pharmacists to see if you are eligible for government funded vaccine or see more here.
Our pharmacist vaccinators are able to administer influenza & COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible patients. Bookings are recommended and available online or call in and see us in-store.
Hear from our Pharmacist, Krishna, about the influenza vaccine.