The Australian Government recommends everyone aged six months and over should get the flu shot if they wish to protect themselves against the flu. Getting a flu shot also means you help to protect those more vulnerable, such as babies, those over 65 years and pregnant women. For those caring for elderly loved ones, the flu shot is definitely a good idea.
The Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program offers free flu vaccines to those most at risk. These include:
The best time to get the flu jab, each year, according to the Australian Medical Association is towards the end of April into the beginning of May. This is to help ensure that it protects you through to August and September. Many people can succumb to the flu when the virus mutates and the flu shot has worn off those who received their shot too early.
The flu vaccine doesn’t offer complete protection, but is 60 to 70 percent effective at protecting healthy adults against the flu. In older people or those with impaired immunity, the vaccine is less effective.
Given that the vaccinations don’t offer complete protection from the flu, it’s important to protect yourself and others by taking some simple hygiene and health measures to help in fighting the flu. These include:
If you do happen to get sick, it’s important you protect those around you by staying at home and away from others. Avoid close contact with others until 24 hours after your fever is gone.