Flu Vaccination
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Flu Vaccination

Flu Vaccination

 

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:

 

  • everyone aged 65 years and over
  • all pregnant women (any trimester)
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months 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
    • 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.

STATE FUNDED CHILDHOOD INFLUENZA PROGRAM

 

Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age are eligible to receive the influenza vaccine Fluarix Tetra® for free under the State Funded Childhood Influenza Program. This is a quadrivalent influenza vaccine.

 

Children with medical risk factors are eligible to receive a funded influenza vaccine through the National Immunisation Program.

 

Two doses of vaccine at least one month apart are recommended for children aged less than 9 years, when getting flu vaccine for the first time.

For all other patients, we will be providing flu vaccination services for just $10.

 

For full details on the 2019 Influenza Immunisation Program, visit the SA Health website.