The Flu Shot is available now

 

The new flu vaccine is now available from Annandale Family Doctors with vaccines available for everyone including over 65's and under 5's.

What is Influenza?

Influenza, or the flu, infects your respiratory system such as the nose, throat and lungs. The flu mainly spreads by coughing, sneezing, talking, and by touching a person’s hands, surface or object. It can cause mild to severe illness, causing complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, leading to death.

 

Annual Influenza Vaccination continues to be the most important measure to prevent influenza and its' complications

Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:
 

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

  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age (including Aboriginal and medically at risk)

  • all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, namely:

  • cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure

  • chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma

  • other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies

  • chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders

  • impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use

  • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy

  • pregnant women (influenza vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)

  • people aged 65 years and over (vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).

 

Simply contact Annandale Family Doctors to book a consultation and flu shot. It is important to note that while the vaccine is free, a consultation fee may apply.

See also Flu and COVID-19

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