Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over, but only the categories below are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP):
- ages 6 months to less than 5 years
- ages 65 years and above
- pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (cardiac disease, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, renal disease, haematological disorders, and children aged 6 months to 10 years taking long-term aspirin therapy).
All influenza vaccines available in 2020 will be quadrivalent vaccines. We hope that vaccines will be available from mid-April 2020 and patients WILL NEED TO PHONE to book into a Flu Clinic.
Please do not book online if you want a flu vaccine – please phone us on 9875 1123 so that we can record sufficient details to facilitate supply of the correct vaccine (as different vaccines must be used for different age groups).
Clinics will be held both Mon-Friday and on Sundays, starting mid-April (subject to vaccine availability). The cost for the vaccine (if not eligible under the NIP) is not yet confirmed but is likely to be around $20. Flu Clinic consultations (which do not address anything other than the flu vaccine) will be billed to Medicare. If you have your flu vaccine as part of a normal consultation with your regular doctor, normal consultation fees will apply.