Don’t let the FLU in

The Immunisation Coalition recommends getting a flu shot in April or early May, as it takes two weeks for the body to build immunity and the effect usually lasts for 6-8 months.

Richard our Pharmacist advised Rainbow Beach Pharmacy is now offering flu vaccinations, said “People don’t have to drive to Gympie or book a doctor’s appointment. Last season we had quite a few people come in and ask for it.”

So Richard has had specialist training, and the team have sectioned an area off in the pharmacy for privacy.

He encourages walk in appointments, “If I’m not busy, we’ll try to do it straight away. You need to wait 15 minutes after you have had the injection to check there is no reaction.”

Richard advised, “Any eligible people who can get the vaccine for free, I suggest see their GP (for example over 65s and pregnant women).”

All influenza vaccines available in Australia this year have been updated to better protect against the circulating virus strains!

People who get vaccinated are at lower risk of contracting influenza than those who are not.

They are less likely to be laid up in bed with sweats, shivers and muscle aches, and take time off work or their usual activities, or to be hospitalised with complications.

If you are vaccinated, you’re less likely to get the flu. But that’s not the whole story!

Australians need to get the flu shot not only for their own protection but also to reduce the spread of influenza to vulnerable people, including pregnant women #HitMeWithYourBestShot

Last year saw not only 250,000 cases of laboratory confirmed flu but also 1,100 Australians died from influenza complications. And the flu does not discriminate – it affects people of all ages, and infections among the elderly are more likely to require hospitalisation, or cause serious complications such as pneumonia and heart attacks.

So drop into Rainbow Beach Pharmacy.  #HitMeWithYourBestShot  Find out more: 5486 3070

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