As winter approaches, so does the flu season in Australia. The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can lead to mild to severe illness and, in some cases, can be life-threatening. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by getting a flu vaccination.

Government and Private Flu Vaccinations Available Now at Your Local Clinic!

Flu vaccinations are being offered at your local medical clinic now. To get your vaccination, simply visit your local clinic during opening hours. The experienced and caring healthcare professionals will ensure you receive the vaccination you need to ward off this season’s flu strain.

What is the flu and how is it transmitted?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It spreads from person to person through droplets when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes.

How long does someone stay contagious with the flu?

People with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

Is the flu a serious illness? Why?

Yes, the flu can be a serious illness, especially for young children, older adults, and people with certain underlying health conditions. It can lead to hospitalisation and even death in severe cases.

Common symptoms of the flu often—but not always—include a fever as well as aching muscles, chills, and sweats. Other symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Eye pain.

It’s important you seek immediate medical help if you or someone you know:

  • Has difficulty in breathing
  • Has chest pain
  • Experiences sudden dizziness
  • Can’t or won’t drink fluids
  • Is experiencing neck stiffness
  • Is vomiting often
  • Develops a rash with fever
  • Has a severe headache
  • Is sleepy and pale
  • Shows confusion

Who can get the flu and who is most vulnerable to it?

Anyone can get the flu, but certain groups are at higher risk of severe illness or complications. This includes young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

COVID and the Flu

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to protect yourself and others from respiratory illnesses like the flu. Both COVID-19 and the flu can cause serious illness and strain healthcare systems. Getting vaccinated against both diseases can help reduce the risk of infection and protect vulnerable populations.

How Much Does the Flu Vaccination Cost?

The cost of the flu vaccination at your local medical centres is $20 per vaccination. However, patients with certain health conditions and ages may be eligible for a government-funded vaccination. It is important to discuss your eligibility with your doctor.

Am I eligible for the flu vaccination?

The flu vaccination is provided free of charge to eligible individuals under the National Immunisation Program. This includes people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children aged 6 months to 4 years, and individuals with certain medical conditions. Flu Vaccinations are also available for those who don’t qualify for the government-funded vaccine.

Book Your Vaccination Now

Don’t delay—protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu this winter by getting vaccinated at your local medical clinic. Book your vaccination online or via the AMS Connect app today. Stay safe and healthy this flu season!

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