Malouf Manly Pharmacy
The flu is a contagious viral infection that is spread from person to person through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. The flu is a serious condition and unlike the common cold, influenza can be debilitating and cause severe illness and life-threatening complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which often require hospitalisation. The flu virus is especially dangerous for elderly people, pregnant women, and very young children, as well as for people with underlying medical conditions.
Three different types of influenza viruses infect humans: influenza A, B and C. Only influenza A and B cause major outbreaks and severe disease, and these types are included in seasonal influenza vaccines. Influenza spreads from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by direct contact with the virus on hard surfaces or people’s hands. The flu usually differs from a cold as symptoms develop suddenly, and can lead to complications such as chest infections and pneumonia – particularly among the elderly and young children.
Flu symptoms tend to develop abruptly one to three days after infection, and can include: tiredness, high fever, chills, headache, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, poor appetite, and muscle aches. Most people who get the flu will suffer from mild illness and will recover in around four weeks. However, some people can develop more severe health problems, including pneumonia, bronchitis, chest and sinus infections, heart, blood system or liver complications, which can lead to hospitalisation and even death.
Annual vaccination is the best way of preventing the flu and any associated illness.
You should get the flu shot every year because the flu virus is constantly changing. Every year, the flu vaccine changes too, so it protects against the flu strains which are most likely to be around during that winter.
In 2019 there will only be Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccines available in Australia.
Your best defence against the flu is us. The quadrivalent flu vaccine helps to protect you against The recommended vaccination can be supplied and administered in house at Malouf Manly Pharmacy by our qualified and accredited pharmacists, John & Alan Malouf Bpharm.
Three things you might not know about the flu vaccination:
There is no live virus in the flu vaccine, so you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine
The composition of the vaccine changes every year to combat the constantly-mutating flu virus.
This year we are offering the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four of the most common strains.
The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy
Please call in-store for walk in appointments at Malouf Manly Pharmacy, 15 The Corso, Manly, NSW 2095 or call 02 99771029 to make your flu shot booking.