For many, June is holiday time but it is also flu time.
While holidays will no doubt have more exciting things in store than a visit to your GP or pharmacist, June is not too late to have a flu injection. If we look at the WHO (World Health Organisation) outlook for influenza, we see a general decrease globally but an increase of flu detections in South Africa. It’s not a bad idea to take an hour or so out of your holidays and have a flu vaccine, especially when one considers that, according to the National Department of Health, flu kills between 6 000 – 11 000 South Africans each year.
How will a flu vaccine help me?
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) offers some very solid reasons for getting a flu vaccine as it can:
- Keep you from getting sick with flu.
- Reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalisation
- Be life-saving for children
- Reduce the severity of flu for those vaccinated but still get sick
- Prevent serious medical events associated with certain chronic conditions
- Help to protect women during and after pregnancy
- Protect people around you – work colleagues, babies, older people, family and friends.
Visit your GP or pharmacist for your flu vaccine.
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