Flu Vaccination Update May 2016

If you and your family wish to be vaccinated against Influenza this year, it’s not too late! Flu Clinics have finished for this season however we still have plenty of public and private vaccine available. Please call reception on 83709777 and book in to see one of our Practice Nurses. Appointments for vaccinations are bulkbilled.

Do I qualify for a funded (free) quadrivalent vaccination?

The 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. These are:

• People aged 65 years and over
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait people aged six months to less than five years
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 15 years and over
• Pregnant women
• People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.

For further information on flu vaccinations please click here

What if I don’t qualify for a funded (free) vaccination?

Private trivalent vaccine is available for sale at $19.95 and private quadrivalent vaccine is available for sale at $29.95.

What is the difference between a trivalent vaccine and a quadrivalent vaccine?

The formulation of influenza vaccines for use in Australia is determined each year by the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) based on information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The influenza vaccine for the Australian 2016 influenza season contains the following three virus strains:

• A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) – like virus
• A (H3N2): an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) like virus*
• B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008 like virus

Quadrivalent vaccines should contain viruses listed above, plus the additional B virus:
• B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus.

Source: http://www.isg.org.au (page last updated 1 December 2015)