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2019 Influenza Immunisation

The 2019 Influenza Vaccine is now available!

The 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.

Should I be vaccinated?

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone ≥6 months of age.

It important to get the flu shot every year, as the virus changes each year. Influenza is the most common vaccine-preventable disease in Australia. Although it can be a mild disease, it can also cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people. It can require hospitalisation and can cause death. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely that the flu will spread in the community.

Having influenza usually means taking a week or so away from work or school, and feeling very unwell. Can you and your family afford to risk influenza?

Influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for:

  • children aged 6 months to <5 years
  • adults aged ≥65 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with medical conditions that increase their risk of influenza
  • homeless people
  • pregnant women
  • carers and household contacts of people in high-risk groups
  • residents, staff and volunteers in aged care and long-term residential facilities
  • commercial poultry and pork industry workers
  • people who provide essential community services
  • people who are travelling during influenza season

People with the following medical conditions have a higher risk of influenza:

  • immunocompromising conditions, such as HIV, malignancy, functional or anatomical asplenia, and chronic steroid use
  • receiving immuno-oncology therapy
  • received a haematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant
  • cardiac disease
  • Down syndrome
  • obesity
  • chronic respiratory conditions
  • chronic neurologic conditions
  • chronic liver disease
  • other chronic illnesses that need medical follow-up or hospitalisation
  • long-term aspirin therapy in children (aged 6 months to 10 years)
  • preterm infants (<37 weeks gestation)

When should I have the Influenza Vaccine?

Glebe Hill Family Practice will be offering bulk-billed Flu Vaccine Clinics daily, starting towards the end of April 2019. 

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 3-4 months after vaccination. As influenza usually occurs from June, with the peak around August, vaccinating from mid-April 2019 is ideal.

How much does it cost?

Those eligible for a free (government-funded) flu shot under the National Immunisation Program include:

  • people 65 years and over
  • pregnant women
  • people with medical conditions that increase their risk of influenza
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from 6 months of age
  • children from six months to less than five years (State Government Funded)

People who are not eligible for a government-funded vaccine may purchase a private vaccine:

  • A private flu vaccine is $16 at Glebe Hill Family Practice

  • Some pharmacies also offer private flu vaccination

Flu Vaccine Clinic appointments are bulk-billed at Glebe Hill Family Practice.

Important: The only service provided at Flu Vaccine Clinic appointment is influenza immunisation. If you require other services, including prescriptions and blood pressure checks, please book a separate appointment.

Please note: New patients to Glebe Hill Family Practice will require a New Patient appointment and are not permitted to book into a Flu Vaccine Clinic as their first visit to the surgery.

 

For more information about the influenza vaccine, speak to your General Practitioner or visit www.health.gov.au/immunisation

 

This information was sourced from www.beta.health.gov.au and immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/influenza-flu