Influenza, more commonly known as the Flu, is very easy to catch. It is simply spread from person to person through the air. In a nut shell it can be spread by coughing, sneezing, talking, touching a hand, surface or object.
So, you are thinking being unwell with cold like symptoms is not that bad. Although some of the symptoms are similar, having the Flu is much more severe and complications from this can be fatal.
Pregnant Women are 3-4 times more likely to suffer complications from the Flu, which in some cases can lead to fetal malformation. The vaccine has shown to be safe during all trimesters and is strongly recommended, not only here in New Zealand but also in Australia, the USA and many European countries.
The other group that is at greater risk are those with an underlying condition, however, being fit and healthy does not exempt you from the Flu or its complications.
Still need help deciding? Here are some things you may not know…..
- You cannot get the Flu from the vaccine – it is not a live virus.
- No blood products or preservatives are used in the vaccine.
- Anti Virals only help relieve symptoms; they do not stop you getting the Flu.
- A Flu shot is needed every year as the strains in the vaccine change annually.
- Vaccinating pregnant mothers offers protection to the new-born baby.
- The vaccine is safe for breastfeeding mothers.
- The vaccine is 80% effective in preventing infection in healthy adults under 65 years.
So why take the risk of getting the Flu and passing it on to everyone around you. Get vaccinated now!
If you would like more information, please click here (www.influenza.org.nz) or see your GP.