All You Need To Know About Flu Vaccinations

Getting a flu shot

Flu season is here. Book your flu vaccination today.

It’s that time again, flu season. Each year the medical community makes a big deal about getting vaccinated, and there are some very compelling reasons why.

But the medical community is not alone.

The Department of Health and Aged Care also makes a push for flu vaccinations, as do many employers and schools around the country.

Complete Care Pharmacy is also proudly on that list.

We offer a range of vaccinations, including influenza per the latest season’s strain.

It’s this dedication to community health and wellbeing that’s prompted us to explain the following:

  • What the flu is and why it’s taken so seriously
  • Myths about flu vaccinations busted
  • FAQs
  • Why all adults need their yearly flu vaccination
  • How to get your flu vaccination

What the flu is and why it’s taken so seriously

Before we get started, these definitions might help:

  • Vaccine: The actual product (usually a liquid in a vial or syringe).
  • Vaccination / getting vaccinated: The action of getting the vaccine, for example an injection into your arm.
  • Immunisation: After vaccination, when you’re protected from the virus or disease, e.g. the flu.

What influenza is

Influenza – the flu – is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. It can cause a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort to severe illness, and even lead to hospitalisation or death.

How it’s transmitted

The flu is typically transmitted through tiny droplets when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk, which can then be inhaled by others nearby.

It can also spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.

Good hygiene like handwashing and avoiding close contact with sick people can help prevent catching the flu.

It sounds a bit like COVID-19

The flu and COVID-19 can seem alike: they are both transmitted similarly, the risks of both can be reduced with good hygiene and both can cause serious illness.

However, the flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses: influenza viruses cause the flu, while SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 has a longer incubation period and can be transmitted by asymptomatic carriers, which makes it harder to control.

Myths around the flu vaccine

Myth: The flu vaccine gives you the flu.

Fact: No, it doesn’t! The flu vaccine does not contain live viruses, so it can’t make you sick with the flu.

It helps your body build immunity to fight against the flu virus if you’re exposed to it.

Myth: I only need a flu vaccine if I’m weak or it’s been a few years since my last one.

Fact: You should get the flu vaccine every year. The flu virus changes, so last year’s vaccine won’t fully protect you from this year’s strains.

Getting vaccinated annually helps keep you protected. That’s regardless of your fitness or health level.

Myth: Only old people need a flu vaccine.

Fact: Everyone can benefit from the flu vaccine. Even healthy young people can get sick from the flu and spread it to others.

Myth: Natural immunity is better than the flu vaccine.

Fact: While getting the flu and recovering from it can provide some immunity, it’s not as reliable or safe as getting vaccinated.

Of course, the major downside is that you’ll have to deal with being sick or worse.

Vaccination is a safer, more effective way to build immunity against the flu.

FAQs

Is the flu vaccine 100% effective in preventing the flu?

No vaccine is 100% effective, but the flu vaccine significantly reduces your risk of getting sick. Even if you do get the flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be much milder and with much less downtime.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Everyone aged 6 months and older is recommended to get the flu vaccine. It’s especially important for people at higher risk of flu complications, such as the elderly and those with certain medical conditions.

Does it hurt and are there any side effects?

You might feel a slight pinch during the vaccination, and possibly some minor, dull pain around the injection site in the days after getting it.

Most of our patients report no pain at all.

You may also experience some very mild cold symptoms, typically none that will prevent you from your daily activities. This is a sign the vaccine is doing its job, however it’s still doing its job if you have zero side effects.

Can I get the flu vaccine if I’m allergic to eggs?

Most flu vaccines are grown in eggs, but if you have a mild egg allergy, you can still safely receive the vaccine.

However, if you have a severe egg allergy, please let us know before getting vaccinated, we may be able to offer some alternative or.

Why all adults need their yearly flu vaccination

There are a number of reasons why adults in Australia need their vaccination flu vaccine, such as:

Immune system response
As we age, our immune systems can weaken, making us more susceptible to certain diseases.

Adult immunisations serve as a crucial line of defence against preventable illnesses.

Productivity
Nobody wants to miss work, or more accurately miss income, especially in this day and age, or other important events because they’re sick in bed with the flu.

A bout of flu typically lasts 8 days, but may last several weeks.

By getting vaccinated, you’re helping to ensure that you can carry on with your daily activities without being sidelined by illness.

Reduce medical expenses and possibly prevent hospitalisation
Getting the flu can often require further medication and even going to hospital.

A simple $24.95 flu vaccination, or no cost at all if you’re eligible for the NIP, at Complete Care Pharmacy can save additional expenses as well as possible lost income.

Book your flu vaccination.

By getting vaccinated, you reduce your risk of getting seriously ill and needing hospitalisation.

Protect those around you
You might not realise you have the flu, especially in the early stages when symptoms are mild but you’re still capable of spreading germs.

By getting vaccinated, you’re not just protecting yourself; you’re also protecting your loved ones and those around you.

This is especially important if you have elderly parents and/or young children whom you see regularly.

Protect yourself
The flu vaccine helps your body build immunity against the flu virus, reducing your chances of getting sick.

Nobody enjoys being bedridden with the flu, and the vaccine can help you avoid those miserable days and weekends cooped up sick.

Access to vaccinations, no matter your circumstances or lifestyle is extremely important and something Complete Care Pharmacy advocates for.

Book your flu vaccination today.

With easy access to flu vaccinations and the knowledge that they play a significant role in preventing the spread of illness, we can take proactive steps towards a healthier future.

Get vaccinated and enjoy the cooler months without the downtime that the flu can bring.

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