As we head additional into spring, Australians are being warned to not be complacent about their well being with the most recent knowledge revealing a lingering influenza (flu) season coupled with a rise in respiratory viruses. In case you have not had a flu vaccination but this yr, it’s a good time to go to your GP or pharmacist to get a shot.
Whereas the interval of peak influenza circulation is often June to September in most components of Australia, influenza can unfold all yr spherical. And there’s typically an uptick in late spring.
This yr, as covid social distancing measures and precautions have lapsed, there appears to be like to be a resurgence of respiratory sicknesses similar to flu, RSV, and HMPV. In case you had your flu vaccination from mid-April onwards this yr you’ll possible nonetheless have immunity, however in case you are involved it’s a good suggestion to speak together with your GP.
Why must you get a flu vaccine?
Folks residing with diabetes are at a better danger of growing critical problems, similar to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections, from a bout of the flu as diabetes can impair your immune system. Statistics present that when you may have diabetes, you’re thrice extra more likely to be hospitalised from the flu and its problems than different folks. An sickness similar to flu may also have an effect on your blood glucose ranges and diabetes administration.
Though sicknesses such because the flu tend to lift blood glucose ranges, generally it’s possible you’ll turn out to be so unwell that you simply don’t really feel like consuming and a lowered urge for food may cause blood glucose ranges to fall. It is very important observe the sick day tips should you turn out to be ailing.
Sick day tips
What are the signs of flu?
The signs of flu could embrace a fever, dry or chesty cough, headache, tiredness, chills, aching muscular tissues, limb or joint ache, diarrhoea or upset abdomen, sore throat, runny or blocked nostril, sneezing and a lack of urge for food.
The influenza vaccine is free
The influenza vaccine is free beneath the Nationwide Immunisation Program for:
- Folks aged six months or over who’ve medical situation, together with diabetes.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks aged six months and over
- Kids aged six months to beneath 5 years
- Pregnant ladies at any stage of being pregnant
- Folks aged 65 years or over.