Vaccination is the best way to protect you and your children from the flu.
The flu virus is always changing so the flu vaccine changes too. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated every year.
This year’s influenza vaccines will be available to eligible people for free at Westwood Medical Centre from mid-April 2018 under the National Immunisation Program. Eligible patients in high risk groups include:
- Everyone aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women (any trimester)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months up to 5 years of age
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years of age and over
- People six months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:
- cardiac disease
- chronic respiratory conditions including severe asthma
- other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, for example diabetes, chronic renal (kidney) failure, chronic metabolic disease and haemoglobinopathies
- chronic neurological conditions that may impact on respiratory function including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders and other neuromuscular disorders
- people with impaired immunity, including HIV infection, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- children on long term aspirin therapy