Be Flu Smart
Each year flu contributes to an average of 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years.
Already, a 2016 flu outbreak at a Queensland nursing home is believed to be behind the deaths of three elderly residents and 60 residents and staff falling sick.
“The flu spreads person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by direct contact with the virus on surfaces or people’s hands,” said Doctor Kin Lee.
This year Fluarix Tetra® will be available for eligible people aged three years and older. FluQuadri ® Junior will be available for children under three.
Both vaccines will cover two type A strains of influenza (California and Hong Kong) and two B strains (Brisbane and Phuket).
The 2016 flu shot does not contain a live virus and is safe for pregnant women.
A yearly flu shot is recommended because immunity is not long lasting Doctor Lee explained.
Flu vaccines are scheduled to be available from April 2016.
Be flu smart. Vaccinate early.