What is the Flu?
Flu (or influenza) is a contagious viral infection which affects thousands of Australians each year. It is spread from person to person via body fluids, including fluids produced when a person coughs or sneezes.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are:
Who would benefit from receiving a flu vaccination?
While the flu can affect anyone, people at highest risk of experiencing severe symptoms if they contract the flu include:
The Australian Government recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months has the flu shot every year.
As the virus constantly changes and evolves, getting a flu shot each year means you are protected against the current circulating strain.
Can I get the Flu from the Flu Vaccine?
No. Influenza vaccinations do not contain a live virus and will not give you the flu.
Sometimes people experience side effects from the flu vaccination which are similar to the early signs of flu including fever, tiredness, and muscle aches. These side effects can last up to 1-2 days and usually subside on their own.
How your PharmaSave Pharmacist can help?
The best way to protect yourself against the flu is by receiving your annual flu vaccination, which is recommended for all Australians over six months of age. Ask your pharmacist about your options for receiving your flu vaccine this year.
You can find your nearest PharmaSave Pharmacy here.