Why do you need a flu vac every
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.
is why Influenza vaccination should be annual to keep you safe and healthy.
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.
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
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
droplets (coughs or sneezes).
(handshakes or hugs).
-Saliva (kissing or shared
-Touching a contaminated
surface (blanket or doorknob).
How to prevent and treat the flu
the flu vaccination annually
close contact with people who are sick
at home when you are sick
your mouth and nose
touching your eyes, nose and mouth during the day whilst at work or school.
surfaces at home, school and work are cleaned and disinfected regularly
plenty of water and eat nutritious foods.