All of Real Health Management’s staff have completed the immunisation course set by SA Health, and work to the guidelines of a Standing Drug Order set by our Medical Practitioner. We offer Influenza Vaccinations to businesses throughout South Australia.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza A, B, or rarely C viruses. In Australia, seasonal flus of varying severities occur every year, usually between May and September.
How Influenza is Spread
When an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes, small droplets containing infectious agents make their way into the air, and work to spread the disease easily and rapidly when breathed in by those nearby. Infection may also be spread through contact with hands, tissues, and other articles soiled by infected nose and throat discharge.
Signs & Symptoms
Influenza & Pregnancy
Pregnant women in particular must take preventative measures to avoid severe complications that result from influenza, often occurring in the second and third trimesters. While the flu cannot access the placenta and infect the baby directly, the high fever and chest complications stemming from influenza can be harmful to an unborn child. A doctor may recommend antiviral medication for pregnant women with the flu, which can be without any proven adverse effects, even when breastfeeding. However, prevention is the best medicine, which can be achieved through a subsidised flu vaccination at Real Health Management.
This refers to the time between becoming infected, and developing symptoms. This is an average of 2 days, but can range from 1 to 4 days.
This is the period in which an infected person can infect others. This generally encompasses 1 day before the initial onset of symptoms, until 7 days’ post onset. After 5 days, the degree of contagiousness is often very low. However, those with weaker immune systems such as the young, the elderly, and the ill, may be more susceptible to influenza.
RHM only vaccinates people over the age of 18.