One in two Australians set to skip their flu shot

One in two Australian adults do not plan to vaccinate against flu this year.

One in two people to skip flu shot

One in two Australian adults do not plan to vaccinate against influenza this year despite last year’s record flu season, which saw more than 249,000 reported infections.

Research by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) reveals that 43 per cent of Australian adults fail to understand that annual flu vaccination is required for optimal protection against the potentially life-threatening virus.

On average, around 3000 Australians die from the flu each year.

PGA National President George Tambassis says Australian adults are generally misinformed about the seriousness of the flu and are unaware of some of the infectious aspects.

“Most Australians don’t realise how infectious the flu is, with 77 per cent of respondents unaware the flu virus can remain active when airborne for 45 minutes or more,” he said.

“Our research showed more than half (57 per cent) of Australian adults mistakenly consider themselves to be at low risk of contracting the flu.

“The flu virus can affect anyone, even the fit and healthy, so your best defence against the flu is vaccination.

“Flu vaccinations promote community immunity, whereby if enough people are vaccinated against the infection, they can help protect those unable to be vaccinated, including immune-compromised/sick, or very young infants,” said Mr Tambassis.

Last year, was the first time that trained community pharmacists could administer flu shots, and the research showed Australians found that process much more convenient than seeing a GP.

“Community pharmacists are among Australia’s most accessible healthcare professionals. People can obtain advice and flu vaccinations from the majority of the 5700 community pharmacies nation-wide, usually without the need for scheduling an appointment,” he said.

“In Australia, 95 per cent of capital city-based residents, and 72 per cent of those based in regional areas live within 2.5 kilometres of a pharmacy,” said Mr Tambassis.

Each year, approximately 18,000 Australians are hospitalised due to influenza, yet many adults do not consider themselves susceptible to flu infection, according to the new research.

Flu vaccinations are free for anyone aged 65 years or older.

Australian Medical Association vice-president Dr Tony Bartone warned patients not to get their flu vaccination too early in the year as it could put them in danger during peak season.

“It’s worth waiting until late April or early May as we know the protection best lasts for three to four months,” he said.

“You don’t want to have it now … as potentially you’re leaving yourself vulnerable in the peak month of August.”

Are you planning on getting a flu shot this year? Why or why not?

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    Rickrick
    30th Mar 2018
    10:20am
    If we are not supposed to have it too early why is it available now

    My dr told me he had already seen three confirmed cases and that was a fortnight ago

    I’m having mine Wednesday and will ask if I need another in July

    If only it was illegal to go outside if you are coughing at all instead of “soldiering on” and potentially killing others and don’t get me started on the pigs who don’t even attempt to cover their mouths as they spray their disease around
    Old Geezer
    30th Mar 2018
    10:59am
    I'd rather get the flu naturally than to be given it.
    Triss
    30th Mar 2018
    3:27pm
    I agree with you, OG. The side effects of the flu vaccine seem to be more deadly than the actual flu.
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    4:51pm
    Spot on OG & Triss. The 'flu' is just a sign you are not healthy and your immune system needs help and a vaccine will only make it worse.
    marls
    1st Apr 2018
    6:42pm
    No way I'm having it to many negative reports and reports of cancer causing to the eldetly
    Tzuki
    1st Apr 2018
    7:21pm
    I agree with you all. Everyone I know who has the flu shot are always sick anyway but (touch wood) not me or my partner.
    Radish
    3rd Apr 2018
    6:51am
    What side effects?? I have the needle every year and I dont even get a sore arm. Sorry, I think there is a lot of scaremongering and you cannot get the flu from the injection...from everything I have read that it says so.
    "
    The flu shot contains an inactivated vaccine made of killed virus. Because the viruses in this vaccine are killed (inactivated), the shot won't cause you to get the flu, but it will enable your body to develop the antibodies necessary to ward off influenza viruses."
    musicveg
    3rd Apr 2018
    1:11pm
    Radish, I guess it depends on the research you read, there is no real proof it works, do you know what goes into these vaccines? You can build up antibodies naturally with a healthy immune system and it works much better.
    Blossom
    8th Apr 2018
    1:52pm
    It was told by more than one medical professional that if you get the flu after the shot that it means you have already been in contact with it.
    In SA the day before Good Friday my GP told me the shots won't be available until some time in April. He didn't know the exact date. If you have chronic medical issues that can be made more severe from the flu. Check with your GP as you may be entitled to a free one before the age of 65
    jackie
    30th Mar 2018
    11:19am
    I have had one for the past three years but will give it a miss this year. I want to boost my immune system naturally instead. I can't understand all the vaccination requirements these days they are required more than ever for everyone and everything.
    Cowboy Jim
    30th Mar 2018
    11:31am
    Giving it a miss might be fine Jackie if you live like a recluse, but with all the shopping malls, club get-togethers, family reunions it would be wise to rethink your strategies. Even got a pneumonia shot 2 weeks after the flue shot last year. Must say that in my area people are mostly aged 60 or above.
    ROB
    30th Mar 2018
    1:02pm
    What a wonderful step toward gaining some wonderful health Jackie. We are in our 70s, cruise often, regularly in different countries, have not had issues with flu or virus or bugs for years and have never had the flu "vaccination"? Our main reason for avoiding the vaccination is because already it contains the flu and we did not want that and be passing it on to others! Also after reading the ingredients of the flu vaccination did not want these pumped into our blood stream when they were things we would not even risk ingesting or rubbing on our skin. We boost our immune system to a very high level, naturally and without the use of drugs or chemicals and detox any harmful substances and heavy metals from our bodies at the same time. In travelling about and meeting so many people our age we are finding a very high percentage now avoid the vaccinations and risky medical procedures a much as possible. These are the ones we find are much healthier than the people that are medically orientated.
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    4:53pm
    I agree with Jackie and Rob, well done Rob for keeping your immune system working the way it should be. Yes, if people became more aware on how all vaccines were made they might reconsider.
    ozziejorge
    30th Mar 2018
    12:15pm
    Can SOMEONE PLEASE tell me how I have survived to the age of 72 WITHOUT EVER having had the 'flu shot ..???
    And today we are told that IF I MISS OUT, the consequences WILL BE LETHAL..????
    WHAT????
    VeryCaringBigBear
    30th Mar 2018
    1:56pm
    I want to know too.
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    4:54pm
    Because you kept your immune system healthy, my mum is 81 and never gets any vaccines, all her friends do and she is the only one who never gets sick.
    Charlie
    30th Mar 2018
    1:04pm
    If I get and another disease on top of what I have already got, it will be lethal.
    Blossom
    8th Apr 2018
    1:53pm
    Same may apply to me, 50/50 chance of it being fatal for me.
    caporal
    30th Mar 2018
    1:46pm
    So good to see some common sense ! I am 73yrs old , and never had to lethal shots and above all I NEVER get the flu , honest !! if you don't believe me , you can visit me and see for yourself !! The down side of this , is that I can not see my new great grand child until his mother gives him all the shots !! ah well in 6 months I will see him !!
    VeryCaringBigBear
    30th Mar 2018
    1:58pm
    He will probably give you something nasty from all those shots.
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    4:58pm
    What is going on when you can't even see your great grand child, the world is cruel, poor babies having their immune system compromised, you need to educate the mother better. Try telling her about the toxic ingredients in the vaccines, most of it is poison.
    Blossom
    8th Apr 2018
    1:55pm
    musicveg,
    Are you also referring to Whooping Cough. Many babies have died from Whooping Cough or have ongoing issues from it.
    musicveg
    8th Apr 2018
    2:18pm
    Whooping cough is a respiratory problem, most likely caused by all the toxins that babies have to contend with these days. All vaccines have harmful ingredients, this is part of the problem. Also babies can still get whooping cough even after being vaccinated. They don't die from whooping cough rather the secondary disease of pneumonia. Here are some links to further your knowledge.
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/special-reportthe-vitamin-c-treatment-whooping-cough
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/whooping-cough-reality-behind-myth
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/disease/whooping-cough
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    5:00pm
    Why does YLC always push the flu vaccine? It does not work anyway. The only thing that works is keeping your immune system healthy by eating well, getting enough outdoor sunshine, keeping fit and mostly staying away from chemicals!
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    5:01pm
    I am just going to keep eating lot's of fresh leafy greens, fruit, taking olive leaf extract and drinking lemon juice daily, does the trick. I have not even had a cold for years.
    caporal
    30th Mar 2018
    6:42pm
    Thank you for your support musicveg , good to see other people on the same page . You see I like to keep the peace in the family , so I stay away for 6 months from any new born !!!
    Bridie59
    30th Mar 2018
    8:25pm
    I have been a nurse for nearly 40 years and My observations are that the pharmaceutical companies hold far too much power and sway within the healthcare system. There exists a great deal of propaganda and fear- mongering propagated by the people that stand to gain the profits - pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies. I am 59and am committed to taking care of myself to ensure a healthy immune system. If I feel unwell I don’t go to work. Common sense prevails......
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    8:30pm
    Yes, Big Pharma along with Monsanto and other pesticide makers are making everyone sicker. All they care about is profits. Since the Industrial revolution cancer and other disease have risen and kept on rising. We have lots of good nutritional food that we must eat,and stop consuming packaged poisons and using poisons on our bodies and in the air. The fear-mongering is rife in the media who I am sure get paid to promote for big pharma. They are also infiltrating the 'natural care' industry with their packaged supplements.
    Glen48
    30th Mar 2018
    8:31pm
    Dont worry soon you wont get the Pension ..Drivers Licence or Feds hand outs if you dont have proof of Multiply jabs.. Kids have a lot by they time they are 18...
    MD
    30th Mar 2018
    8:31pm
    At least you lot will know who to blame if anyone (or all) of you come down with a dose of the latest strain. The bravest heroes ofttimes die whilst winning their epithet.
    voodooguru
    30th Mar 2018
    9:11pm
    Vaccinations are big business and those that are administered yearly, like the flu vaccine, really swell the coffers of Big Pharma. The flu vaccine is ineffective and potentially dangerous, despite what the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the rest of the medical mafia may tell you. The vaccine industry is out of control and cannot be reined in. Big Pharma has bought out the medical establishment and spineless politicians work to implement legislation that takes punitive action against those who refuse vaccinations. More vaccines of course are planned. Actor and comedian Jim Carrey did say that “150 people die every year from being hit by falling coconuts. Not to worry, drug makers are developing a vaccine” (quoted from https://www.globalresearch.ca/big-pharma-and-big-profits-the-multibillion-dollar-vaccine-market/5503945).
    musicveg
    30th Mar 2018
    9:18pm
    Glad to see someone else has woken up from the deep sleep most people are in, trusting that vaccines work is like fighting fire with fire. Thanks for the link to confirm everything I knew but for others to wake up and become more aware of the dangerous path we are on. We have people in Government making decisions for our children who continue to listen to big pharma and not even educate themselves of the truth.It truly is scary stuff.

    2nd Apr 2018
    7:14pm
    why would anyone want a big ugly nurse sticking a big fat needle in their arm
    Envirogirl
    3rd Apr 2018
    1:21am
    People should not be forced to take Flu shots as they don't always need them. Instead, healthy living should be emphasized as there are toxic ingredients in Flu shots. I only remember having what resembled the Flu once in my life about five years ago. I have never taken a Flu shot that I remember and don't plan to. Why is it that the same people seem to regularly get the Flu and colds every year?
    musicveg
    3rd Apr 2018
    1:24am
    They get flu and colds because they keep putting toxins in their bodies. You are right keeping healthy and keeping your immune system in optimum condition is the way to beat flu and other disease.
    HKW
    7th Jun 2018
    5:22pm
    ...more money for Big Pharma by poisoning us...???

    NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    musicveg
    7th Jun 2018
    5:29pm
    Yep it is big business, and they are doing all they can to keep their investments pumping money into their pockets, hiding true facts, changing research data, and doing a great job of brainwashing people into false hope. Even the CSIRO just published and article about 'vaccines and busting the myths' which is basically the same old spiel.


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