A new vaccination against influenza is produced each year around late September – October. It is recommended to get flu vaccine on an annual basis and it is advised, in particular, for a population in the ‘at risk’ categories – people generally with:
- Chronic illnesses
- Children with respiratory conditions
- Health Care Workers
In addition, we also would, at this appointment, offer Pneumococcal Vaccinations to people that are in the ‘at risk’ group.
Flu is an highly infectious, acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It affects people of all ages and there are outbreaks occurring every year, usually in the winter time. This is why we call it Seasonal Flu. For some, it can be a distressing experience and is self limiting.
People generally recover in 2 to 7 days. However, it can also be severe and cause serious illness especially in young people, the elderly and should you have an underlying medical conditions. In addition, pregnant women are also found to have increased risk of the complications of the flu.