Flu. Cold. Same thing right?
Wrong. If you’ve ever experienced flu, you know; it’s a lot more than a bad cold.
In most cases, flu causes moderate illness.
What is flu?
Flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection. It spreads easily from person to person; at home, at school, at work, at the supermarket, on the train. It gets passed on when someone who already has flu coughs or sneezes and is transmitted through the air by droplet.
How does a flu vaccine work?
A flu vaccine will stimulate the first wave of your body’s natural defences and create antibodies that will help defend your body from the types of flu virus found in this year’s flu vaccine.
Why should I get a Flu vaccination?
Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from flu. And if you don’t have flu, you can’t spread it to those around you. This means you are indirectly helping to protect your family and friends too.
Will a seasonal flu vaccination provide protection against swine flu?
Yes. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine contains the H1N1 flu virus strain which causes swine flu.