Why shouldn't you get your flu shot: experts say most Australians have to wait until next month to get vaccinated to get sick
- Flu shots will decrease before the peak season if people are vaccinated in April
- Influenza peaks in August to September and shots are effective for four months
- Doctors see a steady increase in flu cases when Australians go into winter
Flu vaccines have been rammed by pharmacies, but Australians have to wait until next month to be vaccinated to prevent them from getting sick, experts say.
Those vaccinated in April are not protected during the peak season of influenza from August to September.
Australian Medical Association NSW President Dr. Kean Seng Lim advised Australians to wait until May to get their flu shot.
Flu vaccines have hit pharmacies, but Australians have to wait until May to get vaccinated to get sick, according to a President of the Australian Medical Association (stock image)
& # 39; The influenza vaccine is most effective the first three to four months after being vaccinated, & # 39; said Dr. Lim.
& # 39; The peak season for influenza is from August to September.
& # 39; If you get it in April (the vaccine), you may not get optimal protection. & # 39;
He said the advice does not apply to & # 39; high risk patients & # 39; which must be vaccinated as soon as possible.
& # 39; People at high risk are people over 65, people with chronic diseases and pregnant women & he said.
The peak season for influenza is from August to September and those receiving their vaccine in April may not receive the highest protection, says Dr. Lim (stock image)
There has been a steady increase in flu cases but no & # 39; outbreak & # 39 ;, according to Dr. Lim.
Meanwhile, more than six million flu shots will be free for Australians over 65, indigenous people, pregnant women, and those at greater medical risk of contracting the virus.
Health Minister Greg Hunt announced a nationwide distribution of the flu vaccine, available to eligible people at no cost through the federal government funded national immunization program.
Mr. Hunt said it is important that Australians are vaccinated every year because the virus changes from year to year.
Pregnant women can receive their free vaccine at any stage of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their unborn baby or babies.
High-risk people, such as pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and people over 65, receive their vaccine in April