1. There is no live virus in the flu shot
2. The composition of the vaccine changes every year
3. The flu shot is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy
Influenza (flu) is caused by two types of viruses in humans (Influenza A and B). Influenza spreads from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing and by direct contact from your hands.
Symptoms may occur 1 to 3 days after infection and could include:
- Sneezing and runny nose
- Poor appetite
- Muscle aches
Further health problems can develop in some people after influenza infection including pneumonia, heart, blood system and liver complications. Influenza is a vaccine preventable disease!
Book an appointment to discuss with your GP whether or not you require a flu vaccination.
Vaccines need to be given each year, because the viruses are always changing. In accordance with the Immunise Australian Program, Pro Medical SA recommend that the influenza vaccination be part of routine vaccinations for:
- All people aged 65 years and over
- Those with a chronic health condition
- Pregnant Women
- Indigenous People from 15- 49 years
- kids 6 months – 10 years on longer-term aspirin
For more Questions and Answers on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination click here.