2020 Flu Vaccine is here
26/04/2020 | Edited by Admin
With the outbreak of Coronavirus, this year more than ever it is important to get vaccinated against influenza, and the RACGP also recommending that you do this as early as possible. Both the privately paid and government funded vaccinations are now available in all centres except Wantirna South Medical centre( only government vaccine available). You can call your centre now or book online . Free influenza vaccine is available for the following groups All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy) People medically at risk aged 6 months and older (see table below) All adults aged 65 years and older Children aged 6 months to less than 9 years receiving the influenza vaccine for the first time require two doses at least 4 weeks apart. No vaccines recommended for infants less than 6 months of age. Medical Risk Factors Cardiac Disease Chronic Respiratory Conditions Chronic Neurological Conditions Other at Risk Conditions Cyanotic congenital heart disease Congestive heart failure Coronary artery disease Bronchiectasis Cystic fibrosis Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Chronic emphysema Severe asthma Suppurative lung disease Hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases (including multiple sclerosis) Spinal cord injuries Seizure disorders Neuromuscular disorders Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment (e.g. malignancy, transplantation and/or chronic steroid use) Asplenia or splenic dysfunction HIV infection Diabetes Chronic metabolic disorders Chronic renal failure Haemoglobinopathies Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 6 month to 10 years