2020 FLU VACCINATIONS – due to arrive in the coming months…
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I received a flu shot in 2019, do I still need to get a 2020 flu shot?
Yes. The strains of flu virus can change from year to year. The vaccine may also change to protect against the most recent flu virus strains. Even if the flu strains do not change, a yearly vaccine for influenza is still recommended, as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.
It is also highly contagious, so you could pass it on to someone at risk. The Flu is potentially a life-threatening illness for the young, frail and the aged.
What’s the benefit of having a flu vaccination performed in a medical centre rather than a Chemist?
It is good medicine that you have your yearly flu shot administered at your GP practice as they have your medical history, can keep a record of your vaccinations and discuss any medical concerns with you in a private setting.
What are the most common symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms may occur 1 to 3 days after infection, and generally seem like the ‘common cold’. Typical flu symptoms could include:
- sneezing and runny nose;
- poor appetite; and
- muscle aches.
If you or your loved ones experience any of these symptoms this flu season, please see your doctor. Further health problems can develop in some people after flu infection including pneumonia, heart, blood system and liver complications, which can lead to death, especially in children and older people.