Flu Shots

FLU VACCINATIONS AND THE CORONAVIRUS

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2020 FLU VACCINATIONS ARE ARRIVING AT OUR MEDICAL CENTRES!

Please call your nearest Medicross Clinic to book an appointment for your flu shot during standard business hours. Please be patient if we have not received our supply yet, supplies are slower than usual given the current demand.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY!

We have put extra safety measures in place at our clinics to keep you protected while you visit us in person. Please ask us for more information upon booking in for your vaccination.

WORRIED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CORONAVIRUS VS THE FLU

The coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu are two very different viruses, but they have similar symptoms and both can be deadly. While you can fight against the flu with a Influenza vaccination, there is no current vaccine for the Coronavirus.

So the best way to fight the Coronavirus is to avoid getting it in the first place, and to minimise the risk of spreading it and we can do this by practicing good hygiene:

  • wash your hands regularly,
  • cough into your elbow,
  • stay home away from others if you are unwell.

IF YOU HAD THE FLU SHOT IN 2019 DO YOU STILL NEED THE 2020 SHOT?

Yes you do need to get the 2020 flu shot. The strains of flu virus can change from one year to the next. The vaccine may also change to protect against the most recent flu virus strains. Even if the flu strains do not change, a yearly vaccine for influenza is still recommended, as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.

It is also highly contagious, so you could pass it on to someone at risk. The Flu can potentially be a life-threatening illness for the young, frail and the aged. 

CHEMIST VS MEDICAL CENTRE?

It is good practise that you have your yearly flu shot administered at your GP practice as they have your medical history, can keep a record of your vaccinations and can discuss any medical concerns with you in a private setting. 

WHAT ARE COMMON FLU SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms may occur 1 to 3 days after infection, and generally seem like the ‘common cold’. Typical flu symptoms could include:

  • tiredness;
  • fever;
  • chills;
  • headache;
  • cough;
  • sneezing and runny nose;
  • poor appetite; and
  • muscle aches.

If you or your loved ones experience any of these symptoms this flu season, please see your doctor. Further health problems can develop in some people after flu infection including pneumonia, heart, blood system and liver complications, which can lead to death, especially in children and older people.

If you think you might have the Coronavirus, please do NOT attend a medical centre without calling ahead and speaking to one of our staff/nurses first, as you may risk spreading it further.

Don’t forget you can now also book a Telehealth Appointment and a GP will call you back to discuss. For more information on telephone appointments with your GP please click here.

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