Nowadays, working people find themselves so focused on their jobs that it is natural for many to feel stressed and tired. People skip meals and don't eat properly because they have deadlines to finish or because they say they have better things to do. It's no wonder why people get sick so easily these days.
Everyone should start taking a more active role in maintaining their health. Aside from proper diet, exercise and good sleep, there is another ally in health that can be tapped to help maintain health and avoid sickness, especially in the workplace – getting their flu shot at work.
Flu, or Influenza as it is formally called, is a fairly serious condition because it can lead to hospitalization or even more serious disease (especially for older people older than 65).
Flu is not a cold; flu is nasty! Usually, it can start with colds or a cough you can't get rid of. Then it develops into a fever (over 38,5 celsius), and you feel like you have been hit by a train.
Your work gets piled up, and you know that you're going to meet a mountain of work as soon as you find yourself ready to return to the office. You will likely spend up to 5 days out for the count, feeling sorry for yourself and wishing for this to end finally. Still, in the time you spend feeling awful and miserable, there could've been so many things you could've done.
All these inconveniences could've been avoided by having your flu vaccination; you can go to your GP, get a flu voucher to have your flu jab at your local chemist or participate in your company's annual workplace flu vaccination programs.
Some populations are recommended to have these annual flu vaccines.
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age
- All individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, chronic renal failure
- Pregnant women
- People aged 65 years and older
Source: NSW Health health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/flu.aspx#free
Also, some people are not recommended to have the vaccine, namely: (1) people who had a severe allergy following a previous flu shot; (2) children less than 6 months of age (the vaccine is not approved for this age group); and (3) those who already have fever (38 celsius or more) (they should wait until they have good health status before they get vaccinated).
It's best to keep you and your loved ones safe. You can start by having an annual employee flu vaccination.