It's time to get ready for flu season.
It's nearly time for your influenza vaccine. If you are over 65 years of age, or have a chronic illness* that puts you at risk, the Dept of Health provides a free vaccine. The Department of Health has advised that these injections should be available from approximately mid April. We will be running flu clinics from the end of April. It is important not to get your vaccine too early so that you have the maximum coverage throughout the flu season. For all other adults, we have a vaccine that you may purchase from us for $20. Please talk to our staff about making an appointment with our nursing staff for your immunisation.
Department of Health are also providing free flu injections for children under 5 years of age. If your child has never had a flu vaccination before, they will require two vaccinations approximately 4 weeks apart. If your child had a flu vaccination last year, they will only require 1 vaccination this year. If you wish to immunise children 5 years and over, you will need a prescription for the vaccine, and have that filled at the pharmacy. Ensure that you either collect this on your way to the surgery, or keep it in the fridge at home until your appointment.
If you have symptoms of a cold, there are things that you can do to protect yourself and others. Stay at home and get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Cover your mouth when coughing, blow your nose regularly and thoroughly wash your hands after. Dispose of tissues etc. immediately. These simple measures can help stop the spread of colds and flu.
Though antibiotics are required to treat severe bacterial infections, misuse has contributed to a rise in bacterial resistance. As most colds are viral illness, antibiotics will not help, unless you develop a secondary bacterial infection. If your symptoms persist or worsen, please make an appointment to see your doctor.
* Specific chronic illnesses as determined by the Dept of Health