As winter descends, most of this think flu season will soon be upon us. But, you may not be aware that flu season can actually be all year round!
Flu or influenza, is an extremely contagious disease, that can easily spread through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces.
There are three strains of influenza that can infect humans; Types A, B and C, although only influenza A and B cause major outbreaks and severe disease.
Complications of a severe influenza can lead to pneumonia or even death, with initial symptoms presenting as:
- Sore throat
- Runny or blocked nose
- Muscle or body aches and pains
Children who have contracted a flu can often also experience vomiting and diarrhea.
People who have an increased risk of contracting a severe flu are:
- Aged 6 months to 5 years
- Anyone aged over 15 years and particularly those over 65
- Pregnant women
- Already have a medical condition or chronic disease such as heart disease, Diabetes or Asthma
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Luckily for Australians, flu vaccines are readily available to help us be less susceptible to contracting the flu.
A common misconception is that the flu vaccine will give you the flu. This is not the case as flu vaccines in Australia do not contain the live influenza virus.
Once vaccinated, a person will develop antibody levels that are likely to protect them against the strains of influenza.
Southport Metro Medical Centre provide flu vaccines at our Southport medical clinic on the Gold Coast and we highly recommend patients have a flu shot each year to circumvent becoming ill with the flu.
Flu vaccines not only protect you and your family but also protect workers at places of employment.
Call Southport Metro Medical Centre now on 1300 011 925 to book in for a flu shot so you don’t succumb to the dreaded influenza virus and infect others. It is better to be safe than sorry!