Flu vaccinations available
FluVax (CSL) is a trivalent (3-strain) vaccination due for delivery during the week of 21 March 2016 for private sale at $19.95. If you would like a private FluVax (3-strain) please add your name to the waiting list at the front desk or phone for an appointment with our Practice Nurse.
(Note: not appropriate for children under the age of 10.)
We expect delivery of both private ($29.95) and funded (free for at risk patients) approximately mid-late April and will be arranging flu clinics when delivery dates are confirmed.
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.
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