Give it your best shot during world immunisation week

24 April 2017

South Australians are encouraged to book in for their influenza vaccination as today marks the beginning of World Immunisation Week.

Director of SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch Dr Ann Koehler said the event coincided with autumn, an opportune time for people to receive their vaccination ahead of the flu season.

“World Vaccination Week (April 24 to 28) is a timely reminder that now is the time to book in for your flu jab,” said Dr Koehler.

“The flu virus changes frequently, so it’s important that people get the vaccine each year to offer the best protection against emerging strains.

“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can lead to pneumonia, hospitalisation and even death, highlighting the importance of vaccination.

“Pregnant women, people over 65, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people with chronic medical conditions are those most at risk from complications associated with the flu and can obtain the vaccine for free from their local GP.

“To help avoid the spread of germs and disease, people should stay home if they are sick, and also be practising good hand hygiene, wiping down surfaces and covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue.”

While influenza and the common cold share symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat and cough, flu symptoms are generally more severe and include a sudden onset of fever, headache, muscular aches and fatigue.

The influenza vaccine is available free to those at-risk or for a small cost to all other South Australians from local GP clinics or community pharmacies.

It is safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy and it is recommended for anyone over the age of six months.

The theme for this year’s World Vaccination Week is #VaccinesWork and more information can be found at

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