Yes you should if you fall into one of the categories listed below. Ideally the vaccine should be administered between March-May. It is available every year and the vaccine is altered annually, to protect against the common strains of virus for that particular year. The vaccine takes effect 2 weeks after the dose has been administered and will therefore protect you during the most common time of the flu season (winter and beginning of spring). It’s not too late, particularly as we have had an unseasonably warm autumn.
Eligible groups for free government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine
• People who are 65 years of age and over
• Pregnant women at any time during their pregnancy
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older
• Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
• Any person 6 months of age and older with a chronic condition predisposing to severe influenza illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation, including children aged 6 months to 10 years undergoing long-term aspirin therapy, and people with:
o cardiac disease
o chronic respiratory conditions
o immunocompromising conditions
o renal disease
o diabetes and other metabolic disorders
o chronic neurological conditions
o haematological disorders
o Down syndrome and fall under one of the above categories
o obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2) and fall under one of the above categories
o alcoholism requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation in the preceding year and fall under one of the above categories.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu is a contagious virus spread via droplets and can cause mayhem in local communities. The above groups are at higher risk of contracting the virus. Healthcare workers may also want to consider getting the flu vaccine.
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