Flu shots encouraged
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.