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The Facts on Flu

Addressing the myths about influenza vaccination. 



Myth One - The vaccine isnt that effective... I got the flu anyway = UNTRUE

VACCINATION IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP PREVENT FLU INFECTION

The influenza vaccine helps to protect against flu - but not common colds, which can be mistaken for influenza.


Myth Two - I have got natural immunity... I never catch the flu = UNTRUE  

ANYONE CAN CATCH THE FLU –
AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS

Seasonal influenza spreads easily, and it doesn’t matter how fit or healthy you are – you’re still at risk of catching it. Even if you don’t have symptoms you can spread influenza to others.


Myth Three - Someone I know got flu from the vaccine = UNTRUE  

THE INFLUENZA VACCINE
CANNOT GIVE YOU THE FLU

The vaccine is inactivated – there is no live virus in it.
It takes 10-14 days to gain protection from the flu vaccine.


Myth Four - It is not worth getting vaccinated... The flu is not such a serious disease = UNTRUE  

FLU CAN BE A SERIOUS DISEASE
WITH WIDESPREAD IMPACT


Each year, influenza and its complications cause over 3,000 deaths1 in older Australians, more than 18,000 hospitalisations2 and 300,000 doctor visits2 in Australia.




VACCINATION IS YOUR BEST DEFENCE. SEE YOUR DOCTOR.

References:
1. NHMRC. The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th Edition; 2013.
2. Newall, A. Economic Report into the Cost of Influenza to the Australian Health System. Vaccine, 2007.

© 2016 Seqirus

Date of preparation: April 2015