WORLD Immunisation Week is being celebrated from this week with the theme of "vaccines bring us closer".
The aim of the week is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
It is therefore a timely reminder to ensure you get your flu vaccination.
In doing so you help protect yourself and others this winter.
Immunisation is the best way to reduce the risk of contracting the seasonal flu during winter.
Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a highly-contagious disease, usually prevented by vaccination and treated by managing symptoms.
It is spread by bodily fluids from infected people and symptoms include a runny nose and sore throat.
The flu is particularly serious for babies and older people.
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Vaccinations are available from GPs, pharmacies, community health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services, school-based immunisation programs and some workplaces.
Some costs may be involved so best to inquire when making your appointment.
Influenza and COVID-19 are two very separate infections.
While they're both viral infections, the viruses belong to two different groups.
The regular influenza vaccination does not provide immunity to COVID-19.
It is recommended that people wait at least 14 days between a dose of seasonal flu vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
This important 14-day timeframe is a precautionary measure to manage the common side effects that come with many vaccinations.
For more information, please contact LHAC chairperson Margaret King on 0409 815 901.
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