April 12, 2019

2019 Flu season is here….

 

The 2019 flu vaccination program has just started.

Time to vaccinate against the flu

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia.

The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. For vulnerable Tasmanians, like young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes.

Each year the flu affects thousands of Tasmanians and puts an enormous amount of pressure on our hospitals and health system. Over 3,500 avoidable deaths occur in Australia every year from complications of seasonal flu.

Your best defence against the flu is with the flu vaccine.

 

5 great reasons to get the shot

  1. the flu is serious

Every year the flu affects thousands of Tasmanians and puts an enormous amount of pressure on our hospitals and health system. Over 3,500 avoidable deaths occur in Australia every year from complications of seasonal flu, including pneumonia.

The flu virus is especially dangerous for:

  • Elderly people
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Very young children 
  • People with underlying medical conditions.

 

  1. The flu shot won’t make you sick

You can’t get the flu from the flu shot. The vaccine doesn’t contain any active virus.

It’s safe for pregnant women at any time in pregnancy.

 

  1. Flu viruses change

That’s why the vaccine is usually updated every year, depending on the circulating strains. This means you need the updated shot each year, ideally before the flu season starts.

 

  1. Protect your community

Some people can’t get the flu shot. This includes people with compromised immune systems. This means that if they get the flu, the consequences are much more serious. Having more immunised people around them reduces their risk of getting sick.

 
  1. It’s free!

The flu shot is free if you attend our OneCare sessions.

Do it in work time and save around $20 for the vaccine, plus the cost and time of a doctor’s visit!

 

Eligibility 

Some people who have a higher risk of complications from the flu are eligible for free flu vaccine. This includes:

  • Elderly people (over 65s)
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Very young children (6 months to under five years)
  • People with underlying medical conditions.

 

Having more immunised people around them reduces their risk of getting sick. So, help protect the community by taking advantage of our free flu vaccination program.

Protect your community

Some people can’t get the flu shot. This includes people with compromised immune systems. This means that if they get the flu, the consequences are much more serious. Having more immunised people around them reduces their risk of getting sick.

Good hygiene is important

Another effective way we can protect ourselves and others from illness is good personal hygiene:

  • If you don’t have a tissue handy and you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cough into your elbow. It’s a part of your body less likely to touch other surfaces and will help stop the spread of those nasty germs.
  • If you do use a tissue, make sure you dispose of it into a bin nearby and then wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Washing your hands thoroughly with soap at regular intervals throughout the day is a quick and easy way to help stop the spread of these germs.

 

Don’t go to work if you have a flu-like illness and don’t send your children to school or child care if they have flu-like illness. Most adults will be able to infect other people up to seven days after becoming sick, so the best way to avoid spreading the flu is to stay at home while you are unwell. Avoid going to work or school or visiting busy public places. Avoid sharing linens, eating utensils and dishes.

Please seek medical advice if symptoms continue or get worse.

 

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