WHILE Dr John Mackellar of Mooroopna Medical Centre is a strong advocate of the flu vaccine, he cautions against the shot in specific circumstances.
“People shouldn’t have the flu shot if they’ve had an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine in the past, if they have a temperature of over 38.5°C or if they have had Guillain-Barré syndrome in the past. Discussions with the doctor or nurse should also occur if they have egg allergies,” Dr Mackellar said.
Both the Mooroopna Medical Centre and the Kialla Medical Clinic screen for allergies and interactions and record your vaccinations for the future.
All vaccines are administered by a nurse or doctor and both the three and four strain options are available.
“Being vaccinated means you will have less chance of contracting the flu or developing associated complications, such as pneumonia and heart failure.”
“In Australia last year, 13,500 people were hospitalised and 3,000 deaths occurred in people over the age of 50.
“The most problematic months are August through to October, so an early vaccination is preferable, as it offers 12 months protection.
“If there is any hesitation in getting the jab, I would suggest to people that they really don’t understand the flu until they’ve had it. To anyone who has undergone this experience, it becomes self-apparent why the vaccine is a good idea,” Dr Mackellar said.
To book an appointment for your flu shot, phone Mooroopna Medical Centre on 5825 2755, 87 McLennan Street, Mooroopna or Kialla Medical Clinic on 5823 5446, Shop 21D Riverside Plaza, 8025 GV Highway, Kialla.