The influenza vaccines are available now and are suitable from age 6 months and up.
Annual influenza vaccination is voluntary but recommended for:
Influenza vaccinations are strongly recommended, and government funded for:
You can book a general appointment with your GP online via HotDoc, by phone or in person, or ask your GP during your next appointment (subject to availability).
The National Immunisation Program pays for influenza vaccinations for those in the strongly recommended list above.
For patients who are not in one of these groups, and therefore not eligible for the National Immunisation Program there will be a cost of $17.60 for the injection and as we are a private billing clinic, there may be an out-of-pocket cost for the consultation.
It is safe to have an influenza vaccination on the same day as a Covid-19 vaccination.
It is recommended to have the influenza vaccine before the start of flu season, which in Australia usually begins in June but peaks in August/September. We recommend having vaccinations in April to May, however they may be given later in the season, with protection kicking in a couple of weeks after the vaccine is given. The vaccine can be given any time there are influenza infections circulating in our community.
Influenza is a serious infection, with a long list of potential side effects which go up to and include death. Influenza vaccination, along with general hygiene measures (cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands, keep your distance, avoid contact with sick people and large crowds, wear a mask, stay home when you're sick) reduces significantly the risk to individuals and hence to our community.
We believe it is in the best interest of our nation if we immunise widely, as this provides the highest protection. We are also very keen to prevent a combination of influenza and Covid-19 infections in an individual, with the expectation that this would lead to more severe outcomes.
Protection after vaccination is generally expected to last throughout the year. Optimal protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months after vaccination.
The influenza virus mutates readily and having a new vaccine every year is required in order to maintain peak protection from these infections.
Children under the age of 6 months and people with a history of anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any type of influenza vaccine should not be immunised.
Please only come to your appointment if you are well. If you are ill on the day, please call reception ASAP to reschedule your appointment.
Wear clothing which allows easy access to your upper arm.
Like all vaccines, the influenza vaccine can result in side effects, the most common being low grade fevers, headache, muscle aches and pains, tiredness and irritability. Please reply to the SMS message you will receive from SmartVax 3 days after your immunisation, asking about any side effects.
There is a small increase in the incidence of Guillain-Barre after some influenza vaccines, however if you catch influenza, the risk is much higher, resulting in less cases of Guillain-Barre among those who immunise!
The risk of allergy is very small, but most obvious in the first 15 minutes after immunisation, so we do ask that you stay close by for that time.
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