Flu vaccines – 2021

Flu vaccines – 2021

Posted on Apr 13, 2021

Flu vaccines are now available. Existing and new patients of the clinic are now able to book an appointment online.

Why do I need an annual flu shot? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by contact with fluid from coughs and sneezes. The virus has an ability to change its surface structure (which it does, to keep one step ahead of humans and their pesky vaccines). This means that even if you had the flu or the vaccine last year, your body’s immune system might be unable to fight the new, changed version of the virus this year.

Why now? First, flu season has started. Second, the official advice is that the minimum interval between a dose of seasonal flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days. Most of our patients have either had a COVID shot already, or won’t be getting one for a while for all the reasons you’ve read about. So, now’s a good time to have a flu shot – but please do be mindful of that 14-day gap before or after a COVID shot.

Who should get a flu shot? Anyone over 6 months old. You qualify for a Government vaccine if you are under 5, over 65, have certain conditions that make you more at risk, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or are pregnant.

How much will it cost? For those eligible for a Government vaccine, we charge a small $12 nurse fee for its administration. The cost of the private vaccine for those not eligible for a Government-funded vaccine will be $27.

I’m in. How do I book? Online. Our wonderful “Nurse Immunisations” will be offering flu vaccines at certain times of the week. Alternatively, you could have your vaccine as part of a normal 15- or 30-min appointment with your regular doctor.