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To flu shot or not?

Winter is just around the corner and that means a drop in the temperature (brrr), hot chocolates (mmm) and flu season (boo!).

Ahh, the dreaded flu. Eating vegetables, taking Vitamin C and being diligent with not spreading germs are all great tactics to avoid it and stay healthy (so you don’t miss class!). But there is one other option – having the flu shot.

What are the risks? What’s in it? Where can I get it?

Fear not. StudyAdelaide has got your back! We spoke to our friends from Terry White Chemists at Rundle Place, who gave us some valuable information on the flu vaccination:

“The flu can be highly contagious and with symptoms often lasting over a week, getting a flu vaccination every year is the best preventative from getting the flu. In fact, in a healthy adult, the flu vaccination may reduce the chance of them contracting the flu by up to 70 – 90%.”

As peak flu season usually runs from August to September, it’s recommended anytime from now until June is the optimal time for vaccination.

Three things to know about the flu vaccination:

  • You can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine – there is no live virus in the flu vaccine.
  • The composition of the vaccine changes every year to combat the constantly mutating flu virus. This year Terry White is offering the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four of the most common strains.
  • The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy.

To help protect the community against the flu this season, Terry White Chemist will be providing flu vaccinations in their store everyday by appointment or walk-in.

Have a consult with one of their qualified health professionals, and you will receive information, support and advice on how to best keep yourself healthy this winter.

Hello happy and healthy winter!

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