Flu sea­son is upon us once again

Phar­macy vac­ci­na­tion ser­vice avail­able to help de­fend you dur­ing winter sea­son

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YOUR best de­fence against the flu in 2017 is at the Guardian Phar­macy in both Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera with staff now able to de­liver quick and con­ve­nient flu vac­ci­na­tions in store and to any­one over 18 years old.

Gayn­dah Guardian phar­ma­cist Stephanie Tucker said no pre­scrip­tions or ap­point­ments were needed with Guardian Phar­macy, tak­ing the pain out of get­ting your flu vac­cine in time for winter.

“The de­mand for this ser­vice has been over­whelm­ing,” Miss Tucker said.

“Gra­ham Rowles and I com­pleted the vac­ci­na­tion train­ing ear­lier this year and it has been pro­fes­sion­ally sat­is­fy­ing to be able to pro­vide this ser­vice to meet our cus­tomer’s re­quests.”

There are two main rea­sons for get­ting an an­nual flu vac­cine.

Flu viruses are fre­quently chang­ing, and vac­cines may be up­dated from one sea­son to the next to pro­tect against the most re­cent and com­mon cir­cu­lat­ing strains.

And a per­son’s im­mune pro­tec­tion from the in­fluenza vac­ci­na­tion de­clines over time and an­nual vac­ci­na­tion is rec­om­mended,” Mr Rowles said.

“Vac­ci­nat­ing against in­fluenza does more than just pro­tect the in­di­vid­ual,” Mr Rowles said.

“The ben­e­fits of im­mu­ni­sa­tion ex­tend well be­yond in­di­vid­ual pro­tec­tion, es­pe­cially for those who come into con­tact with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple such as the el­derly, young or sick.

“Vac­ci­na­tion re­duces the risk of pass­ing the dis­ease on to those most at risk of se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions.”

Herd im­mu­nity or "Com­mu­nity Im­mu­nity" oc­curs when a por­tion of a com­mu­nity is im­mu­nised against a con­ta­gious dis­ease.

Even those who are not el­i­gi­ble for cer­tain vac­cines such as in­fants, preg­nant women, or im­muno­com­pro­mised in­di­vid­u­als, get some pro­tec­tion be­cause the spread of con­ta­gious dis­ease is con­tained.

The prin­ci­ple of com­mu­nity im­mu­nity ap­plies to con­trol of a va­ri­ety of con­ta­gious diseases, in­clud­ing in­fluenza, measles, mumps, ro­tavirus, and pneu­mo­coc­cal dis­ease.

The quadri­va­lent flu vac­cine helps to pro­tect you against four dif­fer­ent strains of the flu this winter and now is the time to get your vac­ci­na­tion.

You can con­tact Guardian Phar­macy for an ap­point­ment on 4161 1304 and 4165 4537.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

COM­BAT THE FLU: Guardian Phar­macy is avail­able for flu vac­ci­na­tion this flu sea­son.

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