Flu Vaccinations 2019
GOOD NEWS FLU VACCINATIONS ARE BACK IN STOCK
8/6/2019 Today we have recieved 400 Flu Vaccinations imported from the USA. Although we are seeing if we can source more, this could be the last shipment available as stock worldwide has been extremely short. We already have over 200 people reserving a vaccination so if you are interested then please go to the Hotdoc online booking system to book a place into our flu vaccination clinics. We will try and hold daily vaccination clinics and Dr Chu will run a 3 hour clinic on Saturday 15 & 22 June. We have plenty of government stock for people over 65, people with eligible health conditions and children from 6 months up to 5 years.
The 2019 flu shot will be available in early April from GP surgeries and other immunisation providers. We of course recommend having it done at a doctor's clinic rather than a chemist so all your records are in one place. Additionally this year there are many types of flu shots for different age groups and reasons so it is best to consult a doctor for which injection is suitable for you.
Our Flu Vaccination Clinics
We will be running bulk billed clinics all throughout April, May and June including on most Saturday mornings. This year you will be able to book through our online booking system by clicking the following link. The cost of a private influenza vaccine this year will be $20.
These clinics will be run as fast turnover clinics and are only for influenza vaccinations. Our doctors will be unable to look at any other medical problem including printing prescriptions within these clinics.
You will need to print out the following form and fill in the details and then bring it to the clinic with you. If you forget or are unable to print out this form then please come a little earlier to fill the form out before your vaccination.
Kids and Family Flu Clinics
Dr Cedric Chu will run specific childrens and family vaccination clinics on the following Saturday mornings which is worth booking if you have a nervous child.
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He has a particular style of doing these and advises that parents do not tell their nervous young children that they are getting a needle or vaccination. Instead he advises to tell them that they are just going to get some medicine from the doctor to avoid the anticipation anxiety.
It is also recommended that for kids under age 9 to have 2 shots 1 month apart if they are having the flu injection for the first time.
Eligibility for influenza vaccines funded by the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
Who is eligible for the free flu shot?
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from 6 months of age but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people at high risk of complications. They are:
All children aged 6 months to 4 years
People 65 Years and Over
People aged 65 years and over have the highest risk of complications associated with seasonal flu.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons 6 months and over
The flu vaccine is recommended for pregnant women and can be safely given during any stage of pregnancy. Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe complications associated with the flu. Vaccinating against flu during pregnancy also provides protection for babies during their first vulnerable months of life.
People Medically at Risk
People with some existing medical conditions are more likely to experience complications from flu. These include anyone who is 6 months of age and over who has:
- Heart disease.
- Severe asthma.
- Chronic lung condition.
- Chronic illness requiring medical follow-up or hospitalisation in the past year.
- Diseases of the nervous system.
- Impaired immunity.
- Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long-term aspirin therapy are also at risk of complications from flu.
The influenza virus strains included in the 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines are:
This year there is a new A strain (H3N2) and a new strain for the B Victoria linage. Influenza virus strains included in the 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines are:
A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09 like virus
A (H3N2): an A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2) like virus
B: a B/Colorado/06/2017 like virus (not included in the trivalent vaccine)
B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus
Four different quadrivalent influenza vaccine brands are being supplied under the Program in 2019 for people aged under 65. These are Afluria Quad® (Seqirus), Flu Quadri® and Flu Quadri Junior® (Sanofi) and Fluarix Tetra® (GSK).
To continue to provide the best possible protection for those 65 years and over, an enhanced trivalent vaccine, Fluad® (Seqirus), is being supplied for those aged 65 years and over.
Most people will develop immunity within two to three weeks of vaccination. Experts have advised there is recent evidence suggesting that protection following influenza vaccination may begin to wane. As influenza usually occurs from June, with the peak around August, vaccinating from mid-April 2019 will allow people to develop immunity before influenza transmission is at its peak. You can also speak with your doctor for advice on the best time to receive your vaccine, based on your individual circumstances.
General Influenza Information
What is the flu?
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, spreads easily from person to person through infected droplets in the air and by hands. Vaccination is the single most effective way of preventing and stopping its spread.
The flu virus infects your nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. It is different from a cold as symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop suddenly and last about a week. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, resulting in hospitalisation and/or death. The flu can also make some existing medical conditions worse. Every year there are several thousand deaths in Australia due to influenza.
Why should I get the flu shot?
Because the flu virus is constantly changing, you need to get vaccinated every year.
Every year, the flu vaccine changes too, so it protects against the strains of flu virus which are most likely to be around during that winter. You should be vaccinated in autumn to allow time for the vaccine to work before the flu season starts. Even if you received a flu shot towards the end of the last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this flu season.
The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus therefore you cannot get flu from receiving the vaccine.
Flu Vaccine Safety and Allergies
Vaccines, like other medicines, can have side effects, however the majority of side effects are minor.
Common side effects following flu vaccination include soreness, redness, pain and swelling at the injection site, drowsiness, tiredness, muscle aches and low grade temperature (fever). These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days, usually without any treatment. You should contact your doctor if you are concerned or your child has a persistent high temperature.
Anyone with a severe reaction to eggs should talk to their immunisation provider before receiving the influenza vaccination.
There may be a small increase in the risk of fever when a child receives both the flu vaccine and the pneumococcal disease vaccine (13vPCV) at the same time. These two vaccines can be given separately, with a least a three day interval between them, to reduce the likelihood of fever. If you are concerned, you should discuss this option with your doctor or immunisation provider.
Australia has rigorous systems in place to monitor adverse events following vaccination to ensure the ongoing safety of the National Immunisation Program. In 2010, one vaccine bioCSL Fluvax® was shown to be associated with an increase in severe fever in some children less than 5 years of age. This vaccine has not been registered for use in children under five since 2012.
Important Facts About the Flu Shot
- Approximately 2,800 Australians die every year, either directly from the seasonal flu, complications due to the flu, or pneumonia.
- Flu vaccinations are the single most effective way of helping fight the spread of flu in the community.
- If you are a person at high risk, talk with your doctor or immunisation provider about getting the free flu vaccine.