The 2019 influenza module provides an overview of influenza disease and the national influenza program with specific focus on the WA influenza programRelevance to General Practice
Immunisation is the most significant public health intervention in the last 200 years, providing a safe and efficient way to prevent the spread of many diseases that cause hospitalisation, serious ongoing health conditions and sometimes death.
One of these diseases is influenza, an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person and can affect people in any age group.
There are various ways of preventing influenza disease but influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent disease.
To ensure patients’ safety in vaccinating against influenza, there are a number of best practice principles that as immunisation service providers, GPs are recommended to follow.
General practice is at the forefront of healthcare in Australia and to this end General Practitioners have an important role in the prevention and management of communicable diseases. This includes advice on prevention, immunisation, early detection and management of influenza.