Winter is coming. AMA urges all Australians to get their flu vaccination now.
It’s a timely reminder for all Australians to get their seasonal flu vaccination now with general practices across the country having recently received stock ahead of the flu season.
“Winter is coming, and influenza remains a very serious illness, particularly for the vulnerable members of our community,” AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid said.
“There were significant social distancing measures in place last year that not only helped keep COVID-19 at bay, they also meant that cases of influenza were down significantly from previous years.”
A year with very little flu can often mean a reduced immunity in the community resulting in a big flu season the following year – which is why it’s even more important to encourage patients to get their flu shot.
Current guidelines stipulate a 14-day gap between a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccination so that any adverse reactions can be attributed to the correct medication and treated accordingly.
There are two types of flu shots available this season, the standard shot and an enhanced dose for people over 65.