The flu shot comes around every year, and usually it’s just another sign that we’re heading in to winter. Maybe you get it every year, maybe you don’t. This year isn’t like every other year though. The fact that we’re all indoors as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on means that the Government has bought 13.5 million doses of the flu vaccine and doctors are desperate for people to get them.
There is no vaccination for COVID-19 yet. Its coming, and scientists are working their tails off to get one ready, but it certainly isn’t ready yet. What we do have though, is the flu vaccine. It won’t stop you getting coronavirus or anything like that, but it will either stop you getting the flu or lessen your symptoms significantly so that you’re not taking up more medical resources in the middle of a pandemic.
“Protecting yourself and your family from the flu with a vaccination now will help reduce the strain on health resources from COVID-19,” said president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Harry Nespolon.
“If people don’t get vaccinated and an increasing number of flu patients and COVID-19 patients require urgent healthcare, lives will be put at risk.”
Usually we’re advised to get the vaccination from mid-April so that the worst of the flu season is covered, but this year the sooner you can get it the better. The flu shot should be available from your local GP or medical centre.
If you’re worried about being fined or jailed for leaving the house, don’t be. You’re allowed out for medical care in all states and territories, and getting a flu shot definitely falls under that banner. As long as you go straight home and don’t decide to go for a leisurely swim at the beach then visit everyone you know on the way home, you’ll be fine.
Listen to the Government and listen to the doctors. Get the flu shot this year, even if you don’t usually get it. Our medical system will thank you.
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