It is important to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is also important to remember that the FLU (also know as Influenza) also leads to deaths, hospitalisations and significant time off work for many Australians every year.
Given COVID restrictions are easing, there will be increased rates of flu in the community as people get together.
The Flu can strike anyone at any time, however is more common between April to October here in Australia, with peak season from June to September.
The best way to combat the severity of the FLU VIRUS and to help stop it spreading to your children, parents, colleagues,is to follow similar principles to preventing COVID:
- Get vaccinated against the flu every year.
- Wash hands thoroughly with running water and soap or use hand sanitiser.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing or sneezing (clean hands after).
- Throw your dirty tissues into the bin after use (and clean hands again).
- Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups, towels etc with others.
- Keep surfaces clean with use of a disinfectant ie: benches, desks, keyboards.
SYMPTOMS OF FLU can include:
- Cough or sore throat
- Runny nose or sneezing
- Headache & Muscle aches
- Fevers & Chills
- Vomiting & Diarrhoea
A cold can have similar symptoms to the Flu, but it is not the same thing. Flu can be mild, or severe enough to require a visit to the hospital. If you think you may have the flu, see a GP and please let reception know prior to entering the building. Postpone seeing young children or the elderly until you see the GP.
And given the symptoms of flu are similar to COVID – it is important to also get tested for COVID.
FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE NOW AT KPMC-HILLSIDE
We offer FREE flu vaccines for:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women
- Those who suffer chronic conditions (ie Diabetes, Severe Asthma, Heart Disease etc)
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years.
- ALL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from 6months of age
And for a small fee, others can also be vaccinated. The vaccine’s maximum protection is in the first 3-4 months, so the best time to have the vaccine is from May/June.
Flu vaccine should be administered at least 2 weeks before or after a COVID vaccine dose.
So please book an appointment either online or by calling the clinic on 9217 9400, to see any of our General Practitioners and help stop the spread of this nasty bug!