Influenza or ‘the flu’ is a highly contagious disease that effects your upper airways and lungs. The flu is not the same as a common cold, it varies in severity and may be mild to moderate in some cases but severe in other cases. Influenza can cause serious complications which require hospitalisation or worse, be fatal.
“Immunisation is a simple and effective way to protect yourself, your loved ones and the people around you who can’t receive vaccinations because they are too young or have weak immune systems.”
Influenza virus are classified into different types and sub types but are constantly evolving and mutating. The importance is being vaccinated annually cannot be stressed enough, in order to be best protecting from the strains which circulate this year.
The flu is spread easily; sneezing and coughing being the worst culprits. It is often spread by droplets from coughs or sneezes containing the virus settling onto commonly touched surfaces such as phones, door knobs and light switches for example.
People who have the flu can be infectious to others from 24 hours before the onset of their own symptoms and up to a week after their symptoms begin. It is best to avoid others whilst you have the flu, to prevent spread of the infection.
Check if you are eligible for a government funded vaccine here. You can also organise an appointment for a private vaccine through Brisbane GP & Travel Doctor, this is recommended in order to assist in the protection of your local community, family and even in the workplace.
If the vaccines are not yet in stock, we will place you on our waiting list and call you when they arrive.