Flu Vaccinations For Free with Fedhealth
At Fedhealth, we take care of our family… especially with flu season looming. That’s why we make sure that each and every member and dependant get one FREE flu vaccination per year, paid from Risk, not your Savings.
Getting an annual flu injection remains your best defense against the flu virus. Due to slight changes in the genetic material of the influenza viruses A and B, new virus strains emerge each year. So last year’s flu shot won’t protect you against this year’s viruses.
A simple flu injection can therefore go a long way towards reducing hospital admissions and even deaths.
Some of us are at greater risk of getting the flu, perhaps due to the work we do or because we have a compromised immune system.
Therefore, please seriously consider getting the flu vaccine if you: are 65 or older, have heart or respiratory problems, have other chronic illnesses, are pregnant, are HIV-positive, are receiving long-term corticosteroid treatment, radiation, or chemotherapy, are planning to travel to the tropics or the Northern hemisphere between October and February, care for the ill, or are a community service provider (e.g. are a paramedic or social worker).
Think the dreaded flu already has you in its grip? Look out for these flu symptoms:
- A high fever (higher than 39°C) with chills
- Dry cough and sore throat
- Blocked, runny nose
- Sweating and shivering
- Muscle aches and pains
- Fatigue and wanting to sleep all day
When to see a doctor
You should contact your doctor if you have a high fever that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medicine, or that lasts longer than two days. Also, if you just don’t seem to be getting better, have a chesty cough, feel a sharp pain when coughing or have difficulty when breathing.
To get better you must take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor, stay in bed, drink lots of fluids and rest to give your body time to fight the infection.
Both Influvac and Vaxigrip are available at the moment, so simply head to your FP, clinic or closest pharmacy to get the jab and stop the sniffles before they even start!