FLU Vaccine

Flu Vaccination

The Flu Vaccine (FluVax) is now available at St Mary Medical Centre.

Don?t risk getting sick this year & book yourself and your family in to get the flu vaccine.

Please make an appointment or walk in to our practice and for only $10.00 per injection you will reduce your risk.

Free flu vaccine is available for all Australians aged 65 and over, children under the age of 16 years, pregnant women and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Why should you get vaccinated?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a virus which spreads easily from person to person through infected droplets in the air and by hands carrying the virus.

The flu virus infects your nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. It differs 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 hospitalization and /or death.

Flu can sometimes make underlying medical conditions worse.

Vaccination is recommended in Autumn to allow time for immunity to develop before the flu season starts. As the strains change each year even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of last year still be vaccinated again before this season.

People at high risk

  • 65 years and over. People aged 65years and over have the highest risk of complications associated with seasonal flu.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. People from 15 years of age are eligible for free vaccination.
  • Pregnant women. The flu vaccination is recommended for pregnant women and can be safely given during any stage during pregnancy. Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe complications associated with the flu virus. Vaccination during pregnancy also provides protection for the baby during their first vulnerable months of life.
  • Medically at risk. People with some existing medical conditions are at increased risk of complications from flu. These include anyone who is over 6 months of age and has:Cardiac disease Chronic respiratory conditions, including lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma Chronic illness requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalization in the previous year, including Diabetes, chronic metabolic diseases and chronic renal failure.Chronic neurological conditions that impact 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.

Vaccine safety and allergies

Like all medications, this vaccine may have some side effects. These are usually very mild and do not last for long. If you feel anything that worries you, call your doctor/ nurse for advice. Some people report redness or discomfort at the site of the injection; this should disappear within a few days. A few people report mild fever and muscle pains or feel generally unwell for one or two days after the vaccination. These flu-like symptoms do not mean you have the flu. They are most likely to be your body?s natural response to the vaccine.

Anyone with a severe reaction to eggs should talk to their immunisation provider before receiving the vaccination.

There may be a small increase in 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 at least a 3 day interval between them, to reduce the likelihood of fever.