Flu Vaccination

Take extra precautions by getting the flu vaccination to ensure that you and your family remain healthy as we head into the high-risk winter months. This vaccination is the most effective way of fighting the flu. Although the flu vaccine will not eliminate your risk of developing the flu, it will help reduce your risk of developing a severe infection, and you will recover faster.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends annual vaccination specifically for:

  • 65 years or older
  • Pregnant
  • HIV positive
  • a healthcare worker
  • a resident of an old age home, chronic care facility or rehabilitation centre
  • someone who suffers from asthma, diabetes, a heart condition or any other chronic illness.
  • wash and dry your hands regularly
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • dispose of tissues correctly
  • stay home when feeling unwell
  • avoid close contact with sick people
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

The best time to have the flu vaccination is from March to June. The shot requires two weeks to take effect and can protect you for up to 12 weeks.

The good news is that most medical schemes in South Africa now cover the costs of the flu vaccination. Access to the vaccine is also easy because you can get it from your local GP or at popular pharmacy groups such as Dis-Chem, Medi-Rite and Clicks in-store clinics.

Ask one of our trusted Glopin Healthcare Consultants if your medical aid plan will cover the costs of the seasonal flu vaccine.