Did you know that the mortality rate from COVID-19 was reported to be 10-27% for those over 85, and 3-11% for those aged 65-84 by the CDC this year?
What’s scary here in Australia, is that we are getting closer to peak season for the Flu, and it would be completely devasting if you or your loved ones were to catch both the Influenza virus and Corona virus at the same time.
At Mobility Shop Direct, we highly recommend that you get vaccinated in April or May this year, and contact your GP or Pharmacist ahead of time to ensure you don’t miss out.
Following are some Frequently Asked Question about the Flu:
What is the Flu?
The Flu is a very contagious infection of the airways caused by the influenza virus and can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, myocarditis, and neurological conditions, and is especially serious for people over 65 years of age, babies and pregnant women.
How does the Flu spread?
The Flu can be spread both directly via droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, or indirectly when a person touches a surface that has the flu virus on it and then transfers it to their own mouth, nose or eyes.
After a virus enters a person’s body it normally takes 1-4 days before they develop symptoms, and they are normally contagious for up to 7 days (or longer if they are children or have weakened immune systems).
Flu Prevention Recommendations:
- Sneeze into elbow to prevent spreading the virus.
- Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitiser regularly.
- Stay at home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with other people.
What are the Symptoms of the Flu?
The most common symptoms of the flu are fever, aches, chills, fatigue, weakness, chest discomfort, cough and headache, but sometimes you might also have stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. Unlike the common cold, the symptoms of the flu come abruptly, tend to be more severe and can even lead to hospitalisation.
Who are the people at Highest Risk of the Flu?
Although the Flu can affect people of all ages, the people that are most vulnerable to being hospitalised by it are:
- People over 65 years of age.
- People with weakened immune systems.
- People who are of Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander background.
- People with chronic conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes, Cancer and HIV.
- Babies and pregnant women.
How to Treat of the Flu?
There are many things you can do to help reduce the severity of the flu symptoms and to get better more quickly such as:
- Getting adequate rest and sleep.
- Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated.
- Boosting your immune system with Vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea.
- Taking cold and flu medications to help alleviate symptoms such as headache, body aches, fever, stuffy nose and cough.
You may even be able to get antiviral medications from your doctor within the first 48hrs of getting the flu.
Why get the Flu Vaccination?
The Flu vaccination is a great way to protect yourself from Influenza virus and avoid being bedridden and sick, as well as protecting those around you, especially if you are an aged care worker, health care professional or work in early childhood education.
When Should you have Flu Vaccination?
In Australia, it is recommended to get the Flu vaccination in April or May each year, as it currently takes up to two weeks for your body to develop protection, and you want to ensure you protect yourself before the peak of the flu season.
Can Flu Vaccination make you sick?
No, you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccination as it does not contain any live viruses, but it should be noted that it can take up to 2 weeks for protection to develop, and you will only be protected against the most common strains of influenza.
What are the Side Effects of the Flu Vaccination?
The most common sides effects of the flu vaccination are redness and pain at the site of infection. There may be itching, bruising and mild swelling, but these usually disappear within 1-2 days.
Some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, such as lethargy, mild headaches and low-grade fever as a result of the immune response by their bodies.
In rare instances, some people may have an allergic or anaphylactic reaction, which is why the immuniser requests you stay at the clinic or pharmacy for at least 15 minutes for observation after your flu shot.
How Much Does the Flu Vaccination Cost?
The Flu vaccination normally costs about $15-20 at Pharmacies, but you can also get it FREE of charge under the National Immunisation Program if you are at high risk of complications and fall into one of the following categories:
- All people aged 65 years and over.
- All pregnant women in any trimester.
- All Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people over 6 months of age.
- All children aged 6months to 5 years.
- All chronic condition sufferers over the age of 6 months e.g. asthma, diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer, HIV
Flu Vaccination References