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Donít forget flu jab says AMA

21 May 2012

The Australian Medical Association Victoria is urging Victorians to consider being immunised against the flu this winter.  The AMA says vulnerable older Victorians and those with chronic diseases should pay particular attention to protecting themselves against new strains of the virus.

AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis said today that if Victorians get vaccinated, wash their hands and stay home when sick, they can greatly reduce their chances of infection.

“The best defence against any disease is prevention, a flu vaccination can help you avoid coming down with some of the nasty influenza strains out there this winterĒ.

The Perth H3 strain and the B Brisbane strain of influenza, which were prevalent a few years ago, have remerged this year. Dr Parnis says that by getting immunised you can help to ensure that your immunity is up to date and help prevent the spread of the disease.

‘Immunising yourself against influenza is as simple as visiting your general practitioner once a year for your annual flu jabĒ.

“Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against the influenza virus. flu season usually begins in winter and new strains of the illness can cause significant problems for vulnerable groups with our communities’.

“Washing your hands regularly with soap and water, protecting others by covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing, and disposing of used tissues appropriately are simple measures that make a difference in reducing flu transmission.

“The flu vaccine is available to most members of the community. If you're not sure whether you should be vaccinated, talk to your GP.Ē 

“Influenza is a highly contagious disease which is spread through coughing or sneezing. It can cause serious and debilitating complications for the elderly and people with suppressed immunityĒ.

“Don’t drag yourself into work and infect your colleagues, rather make sure that you have done all you can to avoid getting the flu in the first placeĒ said doctor Parnis.

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