As we head into winter, it’s more important than ever to take extra precautions against the flu season.
It’s important to know how to prevent contracting the flu this flu season and keep your family as healthy as possible.
What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccine?
While the flu vaccine won’t prevent you entirely from developing the flu, it will reduce your chances of a severe infection requiring hospitalisation, and is therefore a sensible precaution to take.
Is the flu vaccine recommended for everyone?
Every individual ages 6 months and older should consider vaccination, especially those in these high-risk groups:
- Workers in the healthcare field
- Seniors over 65 years of age
- People with chronic cardiovascular disease (such as chronic heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes) and chronic lung disease (such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
- Women who are pregnant
- Persons living with HIV/AIDS
This vaccination is NOT recommended for:
- Those who are allergic to eggs or egg protein as the vaccine is manufactured using chicken eggs
- Children under 6 months of age, since the vaccines are not licensed for use in infants under 6 months of age
- If you’ve had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past, talk to your doctor if you’re unsure
- Those who are already experiencing flu symptoms
Is the vaccine covered by Medical Aid?
The majority of medical aids cover one flu vaccine per beneficiary each year
Is it possible to get a flu vaccine and a Covid-19 vaccine?
In accordance with Circular 3 of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme of 2022, Covid-19 vaccines may be co-administered with other vaccines.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about getting the vaccine:
We can be reached at 012 645 1015