It’s April and flu shots are now available. This year people aged 65 and over are getting a specially designed vaccine that gives potentially increased protection, especially against a strain which is more common and severe in the elderly.
The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The flu is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.
It is estimated that flu contributes to over 3,000 deaths in Australia each year.
The flu virus is especially dangerous for:
- Elderly people
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Very young children
- People with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and other metabolic disorders, cardiac, respiratory and kidney disease, chronic neurological conditions, impaired immunity and haematological disorders.
Every day, immunisation saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and the disability caused by many vaccine-preventable diseases.
For more information talk to your doctor, and remember flu shots are free for people aged 65 and over.
For more information visit the Better Health Channel – influenza