An unseasonably high rate of flu diagnoses has been reported in the media, therefore the government has commenced their deliveries of the flu vaccine for 2019. With peak flu season approaching, our walk-in flu clinics will commence on 23rd April and run until 31st May, 2019. Clinic times are as follows:
Monday: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 10.30am
Wednesday: 8.30am – 9.30am
Friday: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Our Flu Clinic is available to all people over the age of 16. Children under the age of 16 must book an appointment outside of these times.
The flu virus can be especially dangerous for the following groups of people:
- Elderly people
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Babies and infants
- People with underlying medical conditions.
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop suddenly with flu and last about a week. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death.
Most individuals develop immunity within 2-3 weeks of vaccination. As influenza usually occurs from June, with the peak usually falling around August, vaccinating from April allows individuals to develop immunity before transmission of influenza is usually at its highest.
Things You Should Know About The Flu Vaccine:
- There is no live virus in the flu shot, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.
- The composition of the vaccine changes every year
- The flu shot is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy. Pregnant women (and women planning pregnancy) are recommend to be immunised against influenza because they are at an increased risk of morbidity and mortality from influenza. Influenza vaccines given during pregnancy also protect infants against influenza for their first 6 months of life, when they are most vulnerable, yet still too young to be vaccinated themselves.
If you have any further questions, please call Cremorne Medical Practice on 9908 2233.