Not winter...But winter is also coming.

We provide first aid courses on the premises of businesses if they request. This includes schools; and we visit a lot of schools throughout the year. However, we recently had one request that our trainers and staff receive flu shots before visiting them. I say good on them for making the vaccination necessary to access their campus. So needless to say, I’ll be getting mine sometime in the near future.

With winter coming around, flu season is approaching as well. The great thing is there’s vaccines to help prevent the flu. Why do we get vaccines? So those who can’t have vaccines don’t get the flu and have to suffer through the sickness. Chances are also high that if they can’t have the vaccine, them getting the flu could be very dangerous or even deadly. That’s why society strives for herd immunity; to save those who can’t protect themselves. And April-May is the best time to get your vaccine before the flu season is in full swing.

Moving on. Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. The vaccine is free for children between 6 months and 5 years old, adults over 65 years old, pregnant women, all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people over 6 months old, and those with conditions that increase the risk of influenza disease complications. However, just because you can’t get the flu shot free does not mean you should skip out on your vaccine! The vaccine is only about $25 to begin with so there’s really no excuses.

Most of your local pharmacies and chemists will provide the flu shot though you will probably have to book beforehand. Most places offer online booking or you can probably give them a call to ask for available times.  

Please remember to respect all social distancing practices when you make your appointment. You should definitely check your preferred chemist/pharmacy’s guidelines or instructions before you go.

Information:

Queensland Health: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/immunisation/service-providers/influenza

Better Health Victoria: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu

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