Health Advice

Winter Flu Facts in time for your Flu Vaccination

With Flu Vaccination season on its way, it’s a good time to get your Winter Flu Facts straight! We look at 4 of the most common misconceptions about influenza and debunk some myths.
  1. Influenza is Not Serious

Unfortunately, it can be. Having a Flu Vaccination is important because Influenza is highly contagious. It may not be well-known but in some cases, it can be deadly. Often, even healthy young people can take weeks to fully recover from the illness. Flu sufferers with pre-existing illnesses have a 40% increased chance of serious complication or even death due to influenza.

  1. Vaccination can cause the Flu.

Myth! Australian influenza vaccines do not contain live viruses so it is not possible for them to cause the flu. Those who do receive a Flu Vaccination can at times experience minor side effects such as a headache or muscle aches. Most side effects are minor, last a short time and generally resolve on their own.

  1. I was vaccinated last year so I should be fine for this year.

False! Your Flu Vaccination is required annually. Most strains of the virus in the community change from year to year as they evolve. Ensure you are vaccinated yearly to provide maximum protection to stop the spread of the Flu.

  1. Sick people shouldn’t get the flu shot

Think again! If you have a minor illness without a fever, vaccination is fine and is especially recommended if you have a chronic illness. If you are unsure, consult your pharmacist.

As always, the Star Discount Chemist staff are here to help. Contact us today to book in your Flu Vaccination.