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COVID-19, super colds and ‘flurona’: Protecting yourself this winter with Amcal

We recently polled the nation to ask Aussies what they really want to know about vaccinations as we head into our first flu season after two years of COVID-19 isolation. After being cut off from the rest of the world for so long and with higher susceptibility to colds and the flu, it’s time to think about how you can protect yourself and your loved ones this winter.

At Amcal, we’re here to provide you with expert advice on staying healthy as we head into the cooler months, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips based on what you told us you wanted to know:

9 in 10 Aussies don’t know when peak flu season is¹

While COVID-19 vaccinations are available year-round, flu (influenza) vaccinations become available to the public from March so that Australians are protected ahead of flu season, which begins in June and peaks in August. 

The flu is a highly contagious virus that causes widespread illness in the cold half of each year - this is because the virus survives better in colder weather which makes it easier to spread from person to person.

It’s best to get the flu shot prior to June, so that you’re vaccinated ahead of peak flu season and once vaccinated, you’ll remain protected for six months. 

4 in 5 Aussies surveyed weren’t sure if they could get the flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time¹

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advises that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time². If you still need to get a COVID-19 vaccination, there’s no need to wait – you can book in for both the flu and COVID-19 vaccination at any Amcal pharmacy now at amcal.com.au/bookings. It’s important to know that getting both vaccines at the same time does not increase your risk of any adverse reactions or reduce the effectiveness of the vaccinations.³

1 in 3 Aussies think it’s more important to get the flu vaccine now than it was before the pandemic, however, more than a third don’t actively consider getting the flu shot each year¹

Prevention is key when it comes to the flu, and the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe is to get the flu shot every year.

There are many different strains of the flu with more evolving each year. That’s why the experts at Amcal recommend you get the flu shot annually, as the flu vaccines are updated each year to protect you against the new strains that continue to evolve.⁴

So, what happens if you do get the flu?

Because COVID-19 and flu symptoms are very similar, it’s important that if you develop symptoms, you take a Rapid Antigen Test and stay home to stop the spread (both COVID-19 and the flu are very contagious).³ Once you’ve confirmed it is the flu, contact your local Amcal pharmacist for expert advice on over-the-counter medications that can provide relief such as decongestants, antihistamines, fever and pain relief, and more.

The flu can cause mild to severe illness that can last for more than a week, so it’s important to monitor your symptoms and contact a healthcare professional if they worsen. For more information visit, amcal.com.au/flu.

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