I made my annual trip to level 10 of the Canberra Hospital this week to get my flu shot.
It is something you have to force yourself to do and I think it’s important to do my bit to encourage as many as possible to have an influenza vaccination.
Although everyone should consider getting vaccinated, there are groups who are more at risk of severe complications and many of these are eligible for free flu vaccinations. Many workplaces take the sensible step of providing vaccinations to their staff and of course you can get them from your GP.
Influenza is responsible for significant illness in the community every winter and can lead to serious complications causing hospitalisation and even death. In Australia influenza and its complications is estimated to cause between 1,500 and 3,500 deaths and more than 18,000 hospitalisations per year.
Those eligible for a free flu shot include people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over, and individuals aged six months and over with underlying medical conditions. For more information on where/how to get your flu shot in Canberra call…..or www..
Parents of children under six-months-old, health and community workers and people living with someone in a high risk group should also think about getting vaccinated – not to mention those of us who simply want to avoid being sick with the flu.
For more information about flu and flu vaccinations, visit the ACT Health website: http://www.health.act.gov.au/alerts/influenza-in-the-act/