Flu shots en­cour­aged

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Business -

PARK Med­i­cal Group has en­cour­aged lo­cals to get their flu shots early this year, with vac­cines due to ar­rive via the Health Depart­ment from April 21.

GP An­drew Leech said flu symptoms could be se­vere and cause a per­son to be bedrid­den with high fevers, aches, cough, headaches, sore throat and tired­ness for up to a week.

“It can be par­tic­u­larly harm­ful to those with un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions, those over 65 years of age and preg­nant women. It is for this rea­son that flu vac­ci­na­tions are gov­ern­ment-funded for th­ese groups,” Dr Leech said.

“Chil­dren can begin to be vac­ci­nated against the flu from six months of age.”

He said that con­trary to popular be­lief there was no live virus in the flu shot, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to ‘catch the flu’ from a flu vac­cine.

“Some peo­ple will ex­pe­ri­ence mild fever or aches in the day fol­low­ing the flu vac­ci­na­tion, but even th­ese symptoms are un­com­mon,” he said.

“The com­po­si­tion of the vac­cine changes ev­ery year, there­fore an­nual vac­ci­na­tion is rec­om­mended to stay pro­tected against cur­rent strains of the virus.

It is also safe for preg­nant women at all stages of their preg­nancy.”

The prac­tice, at Unit 2, 779 Al­bany High­way, ad­min­is­ters flu jabs free of charge for those above 65 years of age, preg­nant women, chil­dren from six months of age and pa­tients with chronic dis­ease.

All other pa­tients can re­ceive the vac­cine for $20.

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