It is that time of year again where Influenza vaccinations become available at GP practices and flu clinics open! This is no different for the Panaceum – with weekly nurse-led influenza clinics running.
Influenza or “the flu” is a highly contagious virus that is spread by droplets – sneezing and coughing or direct contact with these bodily fluids on surfaces. Three types of influenza exist – types A, B and C. Each year the flu vaccine is likely to change to provide coverage to the most dominant strains at the time.
The elderly, those with chronic conditions, the young and pregnant women are more likely to develop complications as a result of having the influenza virus and therefore are encouraged to have the influenza vaccination. It is estimated that roughly 3000 people die from the flu every year. Immunisation of people at risk from the flu is the most important and effective method we have to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths.
Causes of the Flu
As mentioned above – it is highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing or by contact with a surface covered in infected fluids. Family members or others who live in close contact to those affected by chronic medical conditions or those conditions where immunity is reduced – should also consider immunisation to minimise the spread to others.
Symptoms of the Flu
How are the flu and the common cold different?
Complications are common in at risk groups, and can increase the risk or serious complications and death. In a small number of cases the flu can lead to pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, inflammation of the brain or Reye’s syndrome.
Treatment of the Flu
The flu is a virus and therefore CANNOT be treated with Antibiotics. In recent years Antiviral Medications have become available. These medications are only useful and effective if given early after symptom onset. These medications may only reduce symptoms and do not usually prevent them.
Vaccination with the Influenza Vaccine is the primary way to control influenza.
Treating yourself for the Flu
The Influenza Vaccination
Did you know?
Each year a new vaccination against the flu is released based on the most common strains evident in populations across the world. The ideal time for vaccination is NOW – between march and may typically.
The Influenza vaccination does not protect your for life – Annual Re-vaccination is required.
The 2014 vaccination is providing coverage against the following strains:
It does take approximately 10-14 days to develop immunity after vaccination. The National Immunisation Program funds vaccinations for:
Vaccination in Children
Vaccination in Pregnancy
Vaccination is now safe during all trimesters of pregnancy, however you should consult your GP or Obstetrician prior to having this vaccination done.
Having the vaccination will provide protection for yourself and also for your baby for the 1st 6 months of life.
People who should consider vaccination include:
If you are unsure if you meet the criteria for a funded vaccinations – call us at the Panaceum Group to ask a Nurse – Or consult your GP in your next appointment.
If you would like to pay to have your vaccination – the Panaceum can provide this to you for $23.00. these vaccinations can be given to you at one of our nurse-led clinics or can be arranged on your next visit you’re the GP.
How to prevent the spread of the Flu
Information for Employers
Have you considered providing the influenza vaccination to your staff?
It has the following benefits:
Interested? Contact Melissa@panaceum.com.au
Influenza Services at the Panaceum Group
Please Contact us at Geraldton Medical Group on (08) 9920 8111 or University Medical Practice on (08) 9923 9999 to book your appointment or make enquiries.