With influenza season approaching, we will be running a flu clinic weekly on Thursdays, starting May 2, 2019. It is important to note that there is new evidence that the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine wanes over time and its important to be protected when the flu is most common, around August-September. For this reason, we are running the clinic from the start of May.
The 2019 seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. Eligible groups include:
- People aged 65 years and over
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait people from six months of age
- Pregnant women
- People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma1, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.
- Children from six months to less than 5 years of age (provided by the State Government)
1 Severe asthma requiring frequent hospital visits and the use of multiple medications
To continue to provide the best possible protection for those 65 years and over, an enhanced trivalent vaccine, Fluad®, is being supplied for those aged 65 years and over.
For those not eligible for a free immunisation under the National Immunisation Program, the quadrivalent shot will be available privately at the cost of $20.
Please book online below or call to make an appointment in the flu clinic. If you need to see your usual doctor for another issue, feel free to make an appointment with them and they can ensure you get your flu shot at the same time.