Five key messages for 2019

  1. Immunisation is the best protection against influenza. Get a ‘flu shot’ before winter annually.
  2. A mild case of influenza can disrupt your life.
  3. Many people don’t feel unwell with influenza but can still pass it on to others.
  4. Get immunised to prevent influenza spread in your community.
  5. Influenza immunisation is recommended and FREE for those likely to get very sick, go to hospital or die from influenza.
  1. Protect patients at greater risk of developing complications.
  2. Improved patient safety, improved employee safety and decreased healthcare expenditure.
  3. Healthcare workers have a duty of care to protect vulnerable patients from the serious threat of influenza illness.
  4. Relying on patients being vaccinated for their personal protection is not enough, many vulnerable people have a poor immune response to the vaccine or may not have been vaccinated this year.

Resources and information for you and your patients are available from:

Last updated 23.8.2019

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