De­fend against the win­ter flu

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Yar­ra­wonga Ter­ryWhite Chem­mart are ramp­ing up vac­ci­na­tion ac­ces­si­bil­ity and of­fer­ing pre­ven­ta­tive ad­vice to help avoid a re­peat of last year’s in­fluenza pan­demic.

In 2017, spe­cially trained phar­ma­cists ad­min­is­tered the vac­cine for the first time across the coun­try.

Now more Aus­tralians than ever are look­ing to book phar­ma­cist-ad­min­is­tered vac­ci­na­tions.

Ter­ryWhite Chem­mart is of­fer­ing un­matched ac­cess to this pro­fes­sional ser­vice by al­lo­cat­ing over three mil­lion ap­point­ment slots nationally from April 2, to en­sure the vac­cine is read­ily avail­able at the cus­tomer’s con­ve­nience through­out the win­ter months, with on­line book­ings now open.

Yar­ra­wonga Ter­ryWhite Chem­mart phar­ma­cist Cam Wood said the vac­ci­na­tion is the sin­gle best way to pro­tect against the flu.

“The vac­ci­na­tion helps your body de­velop an­ti­bod­ies to fight con­ta­gious flu symp­toms,” Mr Wood said.

The flu vac­ci­na­tion ser­vice is com­pleted within min­utes by a trained and qual­i­fied phar­ma­cist in a pri­vate con­sul­ta­tion space, fol­lowed by a short pe­riod of ob­ser­va­tion.

“An­ti­bod­ies de­velop in the body ap­prox­i­mately two weeks af­ter the shot is ad­min­is­tered and help ward off the type of flu present in the vac­cine,” Mr Wood said.

“Recent ev­i­dence sug­gests that pro­tec­tion fol­low­ing in­fluenza vac­ci­na­tion may be­gin to wane af­ter three to four months and tim­ing of vac­ci­na­tion should aim at achiev­ing the high­est level of pro­tec­tion dur­ing the pe­riod of in­fluenza virus cir­cu­la­tion, usu­ally around Au­gust.

“The Quadri­va­lent Flu Vac­ci­na­tion is an im­por­tant step in the right di­rec­tion to ward off the flu, but there are a num­ber of other pre- ven­ta­tive mea­sures that Aus­tralians should fol­low.”

Mr Wood said main­tain­ing a bal­anced diet, reg­u­lar ex­er­cise regime and ad­e­quate rest is es­sen­tial.

“The key is to stay healthy and clean - avoid touch­ing your eyes, mouth and nose; sani­tise your workspace; dis­pose of tis­sues im­me­di­ately af­ter use; avoid close con­tact with those in­fected; wash hands with soap and water fre­quently; and use hand rub­bing al­co­hol on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” Mr Wood said.

Flu symp­toms usu­ally in­clude:

• Sore throat

• Runny nose

• Headache

• Fever

• Cough­ing

Top tips for treat­ing the flu:

• Treat symp­toms as nec­es­sary us­ing pain re

lief med­i­ca­tion

• En­sure ad­e­quate rest

• Main­tain flu­ids

• Seek med­i­cal ad­vice should your symp­toms

per­sist or worsen\

Yar­ra­wonga Terry White Che­mart Phar­ma­cist Cameron Wood said the flu vac­ci­na­tion is the sin­gle best way to pro­tect against the flu.

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