Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop sud- denly and last about a week. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. The flu can also make some existing medical conditions worse.
Annual vaccination is the best way of preventing the flu and any associated illness.
You should get the flu shot every year because the flu virus is constantly changing. Every year, the flu vaccine changes too, so it protects against the flu strains which are most likely to be around during that winter.
Flannery’s Pharmacy is providing flu immunisation for adults over 18 years of age and vaccinations are available now. Flannery’s will be hosting immunisation clinics on Monday, 27th March and Thursday, 30th March. You can make an appointment instore or by calling the pharmacy on 6852 1111. Although an appointment is advisable, our accredited pharmacist may be available to administer the vaccine at other times so feel free to ask next time you are instore.
The flu virus can be especially dangerous for elderly people, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and very young children, as well as for peo- ple with underlying medical conditions. For people who are in these at risk categories, you may be able to access free immunisa- tion from your GP.
For more information ask instore or call Flannery’s Pharmacy on 6852 1111.