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Influenza Vaccine

Get the Flu Vaccine in 2023

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. It is recommended for all people ≥6 months of age. 

Cost

Immunisation Clinic appointments are open for online bookings at Glebe Hill Family Practice on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons, and at GHFP Nurture on Wednesday mornings. Immunisation Clinic visits are billed directly by the attending GP to Medicare (bulk-billed).

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended and the vaccine is government-funded (free) for:

  • children aged 6 months to 4 years
  • adults aged ≥65 years
  • pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • and people with eligible medical conditions (as listed in the table below)
Cardiac DiseaseChronic Respiratory ConditionsChronic Neurological ConditionsOther at Risk Conditions

Cyanotic congenital heart disease

Congestive heart failure

Coronary artery disease

Bronchiectasis

Cystic fibrosis

COPD

Chronic emphysema

Severe asthma

Suppurative lung disease

Hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases (including MS)

Spinal cord injuries

Seizure disorders

Neuromuscular disorders

Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment (e.g. malignancy, transplant, chronic steroid use)

Aspenia

HIV

Diabetes

Chronic metabolic disorders

Chronic renal failure

Haemoglobinopathies

Long term aspirin therapy in children aged 5-10

 

Private flu vaccines

GHFP stocks private Flu Vaccine and the cost is $20. 

Timing of vaccination

  • Annual vaccination should ideally occur before the onset of each influenza season. The period of peak influenza circulation is typically June to September in most parts of Australia. However, influenza epidemiology may be atypical this year, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and the return of international travel. Some Northern Hemisphere countries have seen a concurrent surge of influenza and COVID-19 activity. Vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications.
  • Protection is expected to last for the whole season, but optimal protection is within the first 3–4 months after vaccination. Deferring vaccination to the beginning of winter may result in greater immunity later in the season, but may also result in missed opportunities for vaccination and lack of protection if the influenza season starts early.
  • It is never too late to vaccinate, because influenza can circulate all year. In particular, pregnant women and travellers can benefit from vaccination at any time of the year.

Two doses for children aged 6 months to <9 years in the first year of flu vaccination

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 9 years old should receive two doses of flu vaccine 4 weeks apart in their first year of influenza vaccination. 
  • Only one dose is needed if a person received one or more doses of influenza vaccine in a previous season.