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If you currently have or have had chickenpox, you should not receive the Flu vaccine.

You should also not receive the Flu vaccine if you have had Guillain-Barre syndrome or have a known allergy to any component of the flu vaccine.

You should not receive the flu vaccine if you have a high fever or any serious heart, lung, kidney, liver or nervous system disease.

What can I do to help prevent the flu?

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination. You can get the flu vaccine at any time, including before you travel. The vaccine will not protect you from other types of the flu. Talk to your doctor about the flu vaccine if you:

  • Are unwell
  • Have recently recovered from a severe illness, such as chickenpox or measles
  • Are caring for someone who is unwell
  • Are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Need to be in close contact with someone who is unwell
  • Have a weakened immune system

If you are concerned about the safety of the vaccine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They can discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine with you.

Who should not have the flu vaccine?

You may need to avoid the flu vaccine if you have:

  • A known allergy to any component of the flu vaccine
  • Heart, lung, liver, kidney, or nervous system disease

How can I get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is available as a nasal spray or injection. The nasal spray is a single dose. The injection is a three-dose series. The first dose is usually given at the same time as the flu shot. The second and third doses are usually given two weeks apart.

If you have received the flu vaccine in the past, you should not receive a repeat dose.

If you have not received the flu vaccine in the past, you should receive the nasal spray or injection.

What are the flu shot and vaccine side effects?

The nasal spray and injection vaccines are very safe. The most common side effects are:

  • Headache and muscle pain at the injection site
  • Body aches
  • Fever, chills, or shivering
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea

There may be a mild rash at the injection site.

The flu vaccine can cause a condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome. This is more common in people who have had Guillain-Barre syndrome, or other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or hepatitis B. It can also be a complication of flu vaccine if there is a high fever or a condition affecting the nervous system.

What are the benefits of getting the flu vaccine?

The nasal spray and injection flu vaccines are highly effective at preventing flu. In the US, the nasal spray vaccine reduces the chance of getting the flu by 71%. The injection vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu by 94%.

The nasal spray vaccine is also more effective against other types of influenza.

You can get both the nasal spray and injection flu vaccines at the same time as the flu shot.

The nasal spray vaccine is recommended for people who are:

  • Older than 65 years
  • Under 65 years and have certain health conditions, such as diabetes or weakened immune system
  • In good health and at higher risk of complications
  • Needing help with daily activities, such as bathing or dressing

The injection vaccine is recommended for people who:

  • Are at higher risk of complications from the flu
  • Need help with daily activities

Who should not get the flu vaccine?

If you:

  • Have a severe or life-threatening allergy to any part of the flu vaccine
  • Have a high fever
  • Are recovering from a severe illness
  • Have a condition affecting the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or nervous system

Do not get the flu vaccine if you are unwell with a fever or flu-like illness, or if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Achiness
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Sweating
  • Tingling

Do not get the flu vaccine if you have a severe illness or any type of heart, lung, kidney, liver or nervous system disease.

It is not known whether the flu vaccine can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome.

How can I protect myself from the flu?

The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get a flu vaccination.

You can get the flu vaccine at any time, including before you travel. The vaccine is given as a nasal spray or injection.

You should also get the flu vaccine if you are unwell.

It is important to get a flu vaccination each year, because it is possible for a flu virus to change over the course of the year and become resistant to the vaccine.

Flu is a serious illness, so it is important to protect yourself from getting it.

What should I do if I travel to a high-risk country and I am unwell?

You should discuss the risks and benefits of the flu vaccination with your doctor. You should also discuss the risks and benefits with your travel health team before you travel.

If you have health problems that could affect your immune system, you should get the flu vaccine.

If you need help with daily activities, such as bathing or dressing, it is best to postpone travel.

The flu vaccine is also not recommended during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor to find out if you can get the flu vaccine while pregnant.

What to consider before getting the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is one of the most effective vaccines you can get. It is recommended for people over 65 years. It is also recommended for people who:

  • Are in good health but at a higher risk of complications
  • Need help with everyday tasks such as bathing or dressing

Summary

The nasal sprays and injections are both well-tolerated and effective at preventing flu.

The nasal sprays and injections are recommended for people over 65 years, and people who:

You can get both the nasal sprays and injections at the same time

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