Flu Vaccination Update
We have received our delivery of quadrivalent vaccine for both private and funded patients (free for at risk patients.) Please call reception on 83709777 to book an appointment with one of Practice Nurses. Practice Nurse appointments for flu vaccinations are bulkbilled.
Private quadrivalent vaccine is available for sale at $29.95 and private trivalent vaccine for $19.95.
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)
Do I qualify for a funded (free) quadrivalent vaccine?
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