Social distancing: it works for coronavirus and for flu.

Influenza and COVID-19 share some similar symptoms. They are also both spread via respiratory droplets: coughing, sneezing and touching.

Protecting ourselves from COVID-19 through good hygiene and social distancing also means protecting ourselves from flu. This is a small silver lining in an otherwise extremely disruptive time.

Lockdown measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 should actually help cut the cases of flu this year. That’s because keeping people apart to reduce the spread of coronavirus will also help reduce the spread of flu.

That said, you really should receive a flu vaccine anyway.

There has been advice that getting your flu vaccination as soon as you can is a great way to help ease the strain on our health system, which has caused a enormous increase in demand for flu vaccine and a challenge for places that provide them due to delays.

Clinics are only allowed to order a certain amount of vaccines per provider and cannot make another order until their previous order has arrived.

Whilst we are encouraging telephone appointments in-line with the Department of Health’s advice, In-clinic appointments are still available to those that need it.

In order to avoid a high risk patient having to re-visit the clinic for a second time, a doctor may advise them to have a flu vaccination. This is very important in maintaining good patient care. Unfortunately, this is where stock levels of vaccines are hard to manage because you don’t know how many vaccines will need to be used each day.

Central Clinic has prioritized its supply to the drive through flu service (for people 65 yrs and over) because Department of Health has advised that these people are more at risk of COVID-19.

In-clinic flu vaccinations will continue but as a clinic we have to be careful to not book too far in advance to avoid disappointing our patients.

Many people want to know when we will have more vaccines; but this is something we cannot answer as we patiently wait on the Department of Health.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this time.