Seasonal influenza is a highly contagious virus that usually spreads during the winter months. Although in general, the symptoms of the flu subside within a few days, the flu is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths every year, especially if it affects a person considered to be high risk, such as:
- Pregnant women.
- Children below 5 years.
- Adults above 65 years.
- People with chronic conditions.
- Those with greater exposure to infection.
The symptoms of the flu include:
- Dry cough
- Muscle ache
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get the annual flu vaccine. The flu vaccine needs to be taken every year because the flu virus is an ever-evolving, ever-mutating virus. Therefore, the flu shot you had last year may not be effective against the variant that is around now. For this reason, vaccine manufacturers do extensive research and develop updated versions of the vaccine which are able to combat these new variants of the virus.
It has been found that some people could get mild side effects such as a mild fever, headache, body aches, or dizziness and fainting after the administration of the flu vaccine, however, the benefits gained from the vaccine are far greater as the side effects are very mild in nature and disappear after a few days.
It is always advisable however to consult a medical professional before you get a vaccine, and you can consult a GP at any clinic that provides the flu vaccine in Bayswater or anywhere else.
There are many clinics around the country that provide vaccines and you can find the flu vaccine in Hobsons Bay, Bayswater, and many other cities through these clinics.
Protect yourself and your loved ones from the influenza virus with the flu vaccine today.