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2 June, 2022

Vaccination update - Influenza

After living with COVID for the last few years many of us have vaccine fatigue.

By Supplied

But this winter it is more important than ever to consider having a flu vaccination. Lockdowns and international border closures have resulted in a couple of years with every little influenza circulating.

But 2022 is already shaping up to be a deadly flu season with case numbers increasing sharply each week.

Although many mistakenly believe the flu is just a bad cold, influenza is an incredibly serious infection that can be life threatening especially to the very young, elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

To help combat the spread of influenza, the NSW Government have announced free flu vaccination for the month of June available to all over six months of age. Bookings can be made at GPs and pharmacies and every NSW resident is urged to get their flu shot in the month- long blitz.

COVID

An important update was released by ATAGI last week, making more people eligible for a winter COVID booster, although known as the fourth dose. Although most of the COVID restrictions have now eased there is still COVID circulating in our community, with many testing positive each week. People at particular risk are encouraged to have the fourth dose, which is recom- mended four months after the first booster has been given.

Those eligible for a winter COVID booster are: People over 65 years of age, Aboriginal people over 50 years of age, people 16-64 years of age with medical conditions including: cancer, chronic inflammatory con- ditions, chronic lung disease, severe kidney disease, dia- betes, heart disease, some disabilities and severe obesi- ty.

Although reinfection with COVID is a possibility, it seems those who have had COVID have natural immu- nity for at least three months. For this reason, ATAGI recommends delaying booster shots until three months after a positive test result.

For more information, please consult your doctor or your local pharmacist. 


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