Stay well this winter by making sure that your family is vaccinated against COVID and the Flu.
I for one have booked the whole family in to get our flu shot and we have all had our COVID vaccinations including our booster.
My mum recently took weeks to recover from the flu, she was rather unwell with a nasty cough. She also constantly tested herself to make sure it wasn’t COVID, and was assured that it was indeed just the flu but a bad case of it. It was good that she got over it, although it took her longer.
Did you know?
Free flu shots have been extended until July 17th
“Chris Moy – vice president of the Australian Medical Association – said this year’s flu was worse because it’s the first time Australians have faced it in three years. For the last two years, we’ve had almost no flu because of all the [COVID-19] lockdowns and restrictions. And because of that, there hasn’t been any immunity in the community,” Dr Moy told SBS News.“
If you haven’t had your COVID vaccination I would encourage you to get it.
I recently was very ill with COVID in May this year and it was horrible. My bones felt cold, I collapsed and slept for about 3-4 days and was just in a daze for around three weeks. I did feel a little better after the first week, however, it did take three weeks to feel normal again. I was lucky to not develop long COVID and had no other symptoms afterwards.
I cannot imagine how I would have been if I hadn’t had my three shots of vaccinations to protect me. I am very susceptible to pneumonia and chest infections so I believe without the COVID vaccinations I would have been hospitalised.
Did You Know
There is a 4th Booster available for COVID
The below information is from health.gov.au
“An additional booster, or fourth dose, is recommended for people at increased risk of severe illness, to be given 3 months after their first booster dose.
This additional booster will be a fifth dose for people who are severely immunocompromised, have an underlying medical condition or disability.
You should get the fourth dose if you are:
- 50 years or older
- a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
- severely immunocompromised (this will be the fifth dose)
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years and older
- 16 years or older and with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness (see the table below for expanded groups)
- 16 years or older with a disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities which increase risk of poor outcome.
ATAGI has advised people aged 30 to 49 years old can receive a fourth dose if they choose.”
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You can book in with your local GP for your free flu shots. Click here to learn more about the flu and COVID vaccinations and where to go to get them done.
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