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 under the National Immunisation Program. Eligible patients in high risk groups include:
- all pregnant women (any trimester)
- all children aged six months to less than five years of age
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- all people aged 65 years and over
- people six months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:
- cardiac disease,
- chronic respiratory conditions, including severe asthma
- chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases and seizure disorders
- immunocompromising conditions , including immunocompromised due to disease or treatment
- diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- renal disease
- haematological disorders, including haemoglobinopathies
- children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy who are at increased risk of Reye syndrome following influenza infection.