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Flu shot to protect Mum

Did you know? The flu can:

  • make chronic health conditions worse
  • be linked to heart attacks
  • make it hard for diabetics to control their sugar levels
  • make asthma worse
  • lead to pneumonia
  • lead to hospitalisation and even death

“I don’t get sick, so I don’t need a flu shot”

If you’re fit and healthy, you probably don’t think about getting a flu shot every year. You may be worried about getting the flu from the flu shot. This is a myth – the flu shot contains an inactivated virus that cannot infect you with the flu. But if you do come down with the flu, it can be serious. The flu is highly contagious and can even be life threatening for those around us.

The problem is, your flu can easily be passed on to someone who can’t fight off the flu as well as you can. For vulnerable people – like the elderly, young, pregnant mums or people with existing health conditions – the flu can be serious, even life threatening.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting your flu shot. The Flu. It’s not just about you.

The flu shot is our best defence. It can help you avoid getting sick and also help protect others for whom the flu can be serious. The ability of flu vaccine to protect a person depends on many factors, including age, health status of the person being vaccinated, and the “match” between the viruses used to make the vaccine and those circulating in the community.

If more people get the flu shot, we can reduce the spread of the illness and help to avoid hospitalisations, even deaths.

The flu shot is our best defence.

Flu shots are free for:

  • People over 65
  • People with chronic conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 6 months to 5 years and those over 15)

Getting your flu shot is easy! Talk to your doctor or pharmacist today.

  • See your doctor: access a free or low cost vaccine through your doctor. If you qualify for a free vaccine, ask your doctor if you also need a pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Visit your pharmacy: access a low cost vaccine through some pharmacies.

Cold or flu? - infographic

Infographic courtesy of
Healthdirect Australia.


Sources:
Healthdirect.gov.au
Adultvaccination.org

Each year influenza causes more than 18,000 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years. Even if you’re fit and healthy you can pass the flu onto someone you love.

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