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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller has reminded West Australians that it’s not too late to get the flu jab, as influenza notifications continue to rise around the state.
“Following a recent surge in influenza notifications over the past fortnight, we urge all West Australians to speak to their GP about getting the flu jab,” he said.
“This flu season has hit later than expected, and we are now seeing a three-year high in flu cases for this time of the year.
“Given that it takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for full immunity to develop, people who are not vaccinated should do the right thing and get onto it quickly.
It is important that immunisation rates are high enough for herd immunity to be effective, so the most vulnerable in our community are protected,” he said.
Dr Miller added that it’s doubly important for those in high-risk groups to be fully vaccinated, as influenza can be deadly.
“Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalisation or death – thousands of Australians die every year from the flu,” he said
“Elderly people, Indigenous Australians, the chronically ill, pregnant women and infants are all at risk of serious illness from the influenza virus.
“We urge all West Australians to do the right thing and get vaccinated – we are all in this together, and we need to work as a community to collectively ensure we are protected,” Dr Miller said.