Every year a new improved version of flu vaccine is rolled out in the market. These new version/s are more effective and are said to improve protection against the flu.
The World Health Organisation, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all recommend yearly vaccination of high-risk groups which include the elderly, children from 6 months to 5 years and pregnant women. People with certain health issues should also consult their doctors for flu vaccines. The Australian Government actually recommends everyone above 6 months of age to have a Flu Vaccination, every year.
Vaccination not only reduces your chance of getting flu but also reduces its severity if you do happen to get the flu. Flu vaccines gives you the highest level of protection after 3-4 months of vaccination. So, it is recommended that you have a yearly flu shot from May onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally from June to September.
The flu vaccine is generally safe and is the most effective way to stop the flu spreading. Though egg proteins are used in most of the flu vaccines, they are still safe for the people with severe egg allergies.
If you’re eligible, you can get the influenza vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Pharmacists at Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy can advise on your eligibility.
Flu shots or influenza vaccines don’t work against COVID-19 but you can have your flu shot on the same day as a COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay social safely. Don’t get stuck at home. Get your flu shot today.