Nurses needed on flu front line

The role of primary care nurses in preventing influenza this winter is crucial.

By primary care nurses advising their patients about influenza and providing timely vaccination, the effects of the dreaded flu will be offset, including illness, hospitalisations and deaths.

As stated in the 9th edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook, “annual influenza vaccination is recommended for any person ≥6 months of age who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza”. 

This is because influenza can be a