There’s been a lot of controversy over the right time to get the flu vaccination this year, and it’s hard to make sense of it all! Those in support of early vaccination are recommending it to avoid getting the flu in the early part of the season, especially given the severity of last year’s flu season. Those in support of holding off vaccination until later into the year are doing so based on the idea that the immunity gained from the vaccination seems to decrease relatively fairly and we would be best to ensure people have their highest level of immunity in the peak of the flu season.
So…which advice do we follow?
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have both come forward in support of vaccination for optimal immunity, recommending delaying vaccination until just before the beginning of the true flu season – around May. Unfortunately, by following this advice there will be an unlucky few who will get struck early on, but it seems that holding off vaccination for a month or two will reduce the chance of picking up the debilitating illness throughout winter.
The TMG team loves flu vaccination season! It gives us a chance to catch up with patients who may not have otherwise planned to see their doctor. This allows us to make sure patients are up-to-date on a wide range of preventative health activities such as the recently introduced cervical screening test (CST). We love this opportunity so much, that we are already gearing up to visit some of our local businesses and offices to deliver health education days and flu vaccination clinics. These will be staffed by both doctors and nurses and will be tailored to the client’s needs. Contact us to arrange this for your work!