Last year’s flu season was a shocker – Australia had the highest-recorded number of flu infections since 2009. So now, with summer over and winter on the horizon, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: What can I do to reduce my chances of getting sick this year?
We asked Dr Dasha Fielder of Sapphire Family Medical Practice for her top tips for the things you can do now for your immune system to improve your health later.
1. Get the flu vaccine.
“I think to be honest the best way to prevent flu is to get the vaccine as early as you possibly can,” says Dr Fielder.
It seems obvious, but that’s because it really does make a difference. The most vulnerable people are children, the elderly and pregnant women, but as we saw in 2017, anyone can get the flu.
“As soon as they are available, vaccinate all members of the family including children from six months. Get the vaccine which has the most strains covered,” Dr Fielder adds.
You can get the flu shot at the doctor or at some pharmacies. Although the latter can only administer vaccines to those over the age of 18 (16 in South Australia), the appointments are quick and convenient.