Beat the flu season and get your vaccinations early at AFS Friendly Pharmacy. By having the flu vaccination, you can protect yourself against infection by influenza viruses. This vaccination is particularly important for children, the elderly or those in close and regular contact with children, elderly or sick people.
Contracting an influenza virus can be very serious for anyone but especially young children and the elderly. With the flu season seemingly getting longer and more severe each year, we encourage everyone to spare a couple of minutes to get their flu vaccination each year. By doing this, we can hopefully reduce the increasingly large number of people affected by influenza each year.
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skip the flu season
Does the flu vaccine work straight away?
No! Unfortunatley protection from a flu vaccination does not occur straight away. Usually it takes approximately two weeks for your body to develop an immunity to the virus. This is why it is important you be vaccinated early - before the flu season hits it peak.
What is the flu and how do you get it?
Influenza (often known as the flu) is a common, highly contagious virus that affects your respiratory system. It is spread through water droplets in the air from infected people coughing and sneezing. It can also spread and be contracted by touching surfaces contained infected droplets.
Who is most at risk of the flu?
Usually the people most at risk of contracting the flu is those who have underlying medical conditions or reduced immunity. These include:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
people who have never been exposed to the influenza virus
people with chronic conditions such as heart or lung disease, renal failure, diabetes and chronic neurologic conditions
people with class III obesity (BMI >40kg per m2)
people who smoke
Do I need to get a flu vaccination every year?
Yes! It is recommened that you obtain a flu vaccination every year to ensure you remain immune as the flu virus can change from year to year and therefore your previous vaccine is not long lasting.
Are there any side effects of the flu needle?
Some, not all, people may experience mild side effects after receiving the vaccination. These include:
Drowsiness or tiredness
Localised pain, redness and/or swelling in the area the injection was given
Low grade temperature (fever)