The Facts on Flu
Addressing the myths about influenza vaccination.
VACCINATION IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP PREVENT FLU INFECTIONThe influenza vaccine helps to protect against flu - but not common colds, which can be mistaken for influenza. As with all vaccines, 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.
ANYONE CAN CATCH THE FLU –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.
AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS
THE INFLUENZA VACCINEThe vaccine is inactivated – there is no live virus in it.
CANNOT GIVE YOU THE FLU
It takes several weeks days to gain protection from the flu vaccine.
FLU CAN BE A SERIOUS DISEASE
WITH WIDESPREAD IMPACT
Each year, influenza and its complications are estimates to 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TALK TO YOUR GP OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
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.