Nobody looks forward to flu season and whilst most who contract influenza will suffer the awful symptoms for a number of days and then swiftly recover, many will die, particularly those who are immune-compromised.
Influenza is a very contagious, distinct illness caused by a specific virus – it is not a "bad cold". The most common complication of "flu" is pneumonia complications are most likely in people with other illnesses or who are elderly.
The flu vaccination is the most important measure available to prevent influenza.
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The 2017 influenza vaccine is available from 10th April.
This year the vaccine is made up of 4 strains:
The Michigan strain is new this year.
Government-provided vaccines are all "Quadrivalent" Flu Vaccine i.e. they cover 4 strains of the virus.
Influenza Vaccine is NOT a live virus and you cannot get the flu from the injection.
Flu vaccinations can be given to children over 6 months of age.
Flu vaccine will not prevent common colds.
The Influenza vaccination is recommended and free for:
The influenza vaccine is also recommended for the following groups of people, however, there is no PBS subsidy available for these groups:
Influenza vaccine should not be given where the person is :
Complications are rare :