Flu season is on its way

INFLUENZA season is coming so it's time to get your flu shot.

Kincraig Medical Clinic partner Dr Jeff Taylor said it was better for people to have the shot now instead of getting sick later.

"We encourage people to be immunised before the season starts," he said.

"That's the best protection from the flu."

Flu season is typically from mid-March but Dr Taylor said it was becoming prevalent earlier in the year due to people travelling overseas more.

"The flu travels around the world in an anti-clockwise direction," he said.

"It starts earlier every year because of people's travel, going to the endemic areas."

This year the vaccination contains the Texas, Massachusetts and California strains of Influenza A and B.

The people most at risk include the elderly, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, children and pregnant women.

More and more the working population is affected so the clinic is offering a direct to business service where a doctor and nurse visits the workplace to provide the flu immunisation.

"It has a terrible effect on the working population," Dr Taylor said. "It's becoming an expectation that businesses have an obligation to provide immunisation for their staff.

"It also means less downtime in terms of staff being sick."

If you are interested in a doctor visiting your business to immunise staff please contact the clinic for further details.

Alternatively, phone to book yourself and family members in for an appointment.

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