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SA Health | Flu Vaccination.

May 8, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes


The flu season is almost upon us and the time to act is now.  You can help to prevent influenza impacting your family by getting vaccinated.  

Many of you will know that the symptoms of the flu are usually more severe than the common cold.  The flu can come on abruptly and include symptoms such as a high fever, chills, headache and fatigue that can confine you to your bed.

Whilst the flu can cause some sufferers to spend a week resting, for others the effect is far more serious.  In 2017 there we 124 deaths out of the 31,387 confirmed flu cases in South Australia.

Last year, the relatively mild flu season in South Australia may have lulled people into a false sense of security about the need to be vaccinated.  Influenza can be fatal in elderly people, pregnant women, people with chronic disease, anyone with a weak immune system and the very young. No one is immune though; sometimes the flu can kill the fit and healthy.

This year, we are possibly facing our worst flu season on record.  The season typically lasts from June to September, but we have already seen a number of laboratory-confirmed cases across the nation.  In South Australia, an alarming 10,636 cases were reported by the 4th May.

Don’t miss the above video!  She Shopped spoke with the savvy children of Flinders Park Primary School for their advice on how to beat the flu this year.

SA Health highly recommends that anyone aged six months and over gets a flu shot in addition to taking other precautions.  You can also help to protect yourself by practising good hygiene, wiping down surfaces, and always covering a cough or a sneeze with a tissue or your arm.

Pregnant women, people aged over 65, all children from six months to less than five years of age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older, and people with certain medical issues are most at risk from complications associated with flu.  It is strongly recommended that they receive a free vaccination.

Influenza is best prevented through a vaccine given to you by your GP, pharmacist or local immunisation provider.  Rest assured that you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

Talk to your GP, pharmacist or council provider today about how to get vaccinated.  To learn more, visit

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