Important COVID-19 Information

Flu Vaccines

We have now both government-funded and private flu vaccines for ALL age groups at 188 Medical.

We have now both government-funded and private flu vaccines for ALL age groups at 188 Medical.

We are ensuring that social distancing and hygiene practices are being maintained during our flu clinics, to keep our patients safe.

Government funded flu vaccines (no out of pocket cost) are available for following groups:

·  all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age

·  all adults aged 65 years and older

·  pregnant women

·  all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over

·  individuals aged 6 months and older with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications.

If you don’t meet above criteria, we also have private vaccines in stock.

If you are not sure whether you eligible for Government funded flu vaccine, please contact Reception for assistance on 07 5661 9188.

Online bookings are not available for flu immunisation appointments, please call the Clinic directly.”

ABOUT FLU VACCINATION

Who should have the flu shot?

The Australian Government recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months has the flu shot every year.

It’s difficult to predict who will catch influenza (usually referred to as the flu), or who will become seriously ill from it. The flu can require someone to be hospitalised and it can even be fatal.

Getting vaccinated against the flu helps protect both you and the people around you. It’s particularly important to protect vulnerable people in the community who can’t be vaccinated, such as babies who are younger than 6 months and adults with low immunity.

When should I have the flu shot?

Your immunity is strongest and most effective 3 to 4 months after you are vaccinated. Flu season in Australia usually runs from June to September, peaking in August, so it is important to get your flu shot in April or May.

Can the flu shot give me the flu?

No. All flu vaccines used in Australia are ‘inactivated’, which means they do not contain the live flu virus and so you can't catch the flu from the vaccine.

Sometimes people experience side effects from the flu shot that are similar to the early signs of the flu. These may include fever, tiredness and muscle aches. These side effects can start within a few hours of your being vaccinated and sometimes last for 1 or 2 days. They usually go away on their own, once your body has developed an immune response to the vaccine, which will protect you from the flu virus.

The side effects show the vaccine is triggering an immune response, which is what it’s designed to do.

Do children, adults, pregnant women and the elderly need a different vaccine?

Generally, children, adults and pregnant women get the same vaccine to protect them against the flu. However, if your child is under 9 years old and has not been vaccinated before, they will need to get 2 doses of the vaccine, at least 4 weeks apart, in their first year.

This year Australia is the first country to offer an adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV) - Fluad® Quad. This is available for people aged 65 years and over.

The vaccine increases the immune system’s response among older adults, who are known to have a weaker response to immunisation. The vaccine includes influenza A (H3N2) which has the greatest impact on people aged over 65 years.

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