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We are now offering the quadrivalent vaccine for administration as part of the 2017 flu vaccination program. The quadrivalent vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

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.

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 four 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.

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:

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 15 years of age and over are eligible for free flu shots. Influenza is a major cause of preventable sickness and death amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Pregnant Women

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.
  • Diabetes.
  • Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long-term aspirin therapy are also at risk of complications from flu.

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.

Don't delay, get your flu shot NOW!

 

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