We offer flu vaccine clinics which enable us to vaccinate a larger number of patients at one time by having a dedicated Doctor and Nurse to run it. We ask patients to phone and make a booking for the next available flu clinic.

Due to the large number of patients wanting the flu vaccine there may be a bit of a wait – particularly in the first couple of weeks.

Timing of influenza vaccination

Everyone should get an annual influenza vaccine anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September.

However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated as influenza can spread all year round. Pregnant women should receive the vaccine at any stage during pregnancy.

Influenza vaccines for different ages

Age restrictions apply to all influenza vaccine brands. There is a formulation for people aged under 65 years and formulations for people aged 65 years and older. Please ensure you are receiving the appropriate vaccine for your age.

Eligibility for the free influenza vaccine

The following people are eligible to receive a free seasonal flu vaccine:

  • people aged six months to less than five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged  six months and older
  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and older
  • people aged six months and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.

Children under nine years receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

Possible side effects of the influenza vaccine

The influenza vaccine can cause side effects. In children under five years of age, these reactions may be more obvious. Common side effects of influenza vaccine include:

  • drowsiness or tiredness
  • muscle aches
  • localised pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
  • occasionally, an injection-site lump (nodule) that may last many weeks but needs no treatment
  • low-grade temperature (fever).

 

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