Have you had your FREE flu vaccination?
No one enjoys getting jabbed by a needle. But unfortunately it’s that time of year again where we roll up our sleeves for influenza vaccinations.
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory virus. It affects people in various ways and can cause fevers, muscle aches, coughing, fatigue and many other unpleasant symptoms. The flu can be extremely dangerous, especially to young children and seniors, and can even lead to death.
The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to ensure your flu vaccines are up-to-date. Australians aged 65-years can receive their vaccines free of charge, so be sure to book yours before flu season starts!
Seniors and influenza
Seniors are at far greater risk of contracting the flu and developing further complications. Sadly in 2017, more than 90% of the 1,100 deaths related to the flu were seniors aged 65-years and older. This is because seniors tend to have weaker immune systems, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight off infections. Elderly people are more likely to require hospitalisation due to serious complications from the flu, such as pneumonia and heart attacks, which can become fatal.
Under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program, seniors can get their flu vaccinations for free. If you haven’t done so already, please contact your GP or health care professional to book in your flu vaccination today.
Health professionals recommend vaccines for ageing adults because they save lives!