As we head additional into spring, Australians are being warned to not be complacent about their well being with the newest information revealing a lingering influenza (flu) season coupled with a rise in respiratory viruses. In case you have not had a flu vaccination but this 12 months, it’s a good time to go to your GP or pharmacist to get a shot.
Whereas the interval of peak influenza circulation is often June to September in most components of Australia, influenza can unfold all 12 months spherical. And there may be usually an uptick in late spring.
This 12 months, as covid social distancing measures and precautions have lapsed, there seems to be a resurgence of respiratory sicknesses akin to flu, RSV, and HMPV. For those who had your flu vaccination from mid-April onwards this 12 months you’ll possible nonetheless have immunity, however if you’re involved it’s a good suggestion to speak together with your GP.
Folks dwelling with diabetes are at a better danger of creating severe problems, akin to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections, from a bout of the flu as diabetes can impair your immune system. Statistics present that when you could have diabetes, you might be 3 times extra prone to be hospitalised from the flu and its problems than different folks. An sickness akin to flu also can have an effect on your blood glucose ranges and diabetes administration.
Though sicknesses such because the flu have a tendency to lift blood glucose ranges, generally you might turn out to be so unwell that you just don’t really feel like consuming and a lowered urge for food may cause blood glucose ranges to fall. It is very important comply with the sick day tips when you turn out to be in poor health.
Factsheet for folks with kind 1 diabetes
Factsheet for folks with kind 2 diabetes
The signs of flu could embody a fever, dry or chesty cough, headache, tiredness, chills, aching muscle mass, limb or joint ache, diarrhoea or upset abdomen, sore throat, runny or blocked nostril, sneezing and a lack of urge for food.
The influenza vaccine is free underneath the Nationwide Immunisation Program for:
- Folks aged six months or over who’ve medical situation, together with diabetes.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks aged six months and over
- Kids aged six months to underneath 5 years
- Pregnant ladies at any stage of being pregnant
- Folks aged 65 years or over.