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Flu Vaccinations 2018

Why do you need a flu vac every year?

Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots or flu needles, are vaccines that protect against infection by Influenza viruses. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year, as the Influenza virus rapidly changes.

This is why Influenza vaccination should be annual to keep you safe and healthy.

The government funds free vaccination through doctors and community health centres for seniors, older indigenous patients, and in some jurisdictions for pregnant women and children. For 2018 they have secured supplies of a "super vaccine" that is nominally stronger - but this will only be for seniors through the free program.

Capital Chemist is offering the influenza vaccine for a small cost. Note that age restrictions apply - consult your pharmacist. We want to ensure you stay healthy this flu season by offering this convenient service. There is nothing worse than being stuck in bed sick, losing income and missing out on your social life.

Available at participating pharmacies only.

How dangerous is the flu?

Influenza is a very common viral infection that can be deadly, especially in high-risk groups.

The flu attacks the lungs, nose and throat. Young children, older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at high risk.

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. The flu is treated primarily with rest and fluid to let the body fight the infection on its own. However, those in the high risk groups will have a tougher time fighting the infection and may need medicine or other medical assistance.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers may help with symptoms. The annual vaccine is highly recommended to help prevent the flu and limit its complications.

How it spreads

-Airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).

-Skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs).

-Saliva (kissing or shared drinks).

-Touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob).

How to prevent and treat the flu

-Have the flu vaccination annually

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick

-Stay at home when you are sick

-Cover your mouth and nose

-Wash your hands

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth during the day whilst at work or school.

-Ensure surfaces at home, school and work are cleaned and disinfected regularly

-Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods.

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