With a record 90,000 reported flu cases in Australia in 2015 (25,000 higher than the previous record of 65,000 cases reported in 2014), it is important to be immunised this flu season.
The annual Seasonal Influenza Vaccination program is set to start in early to mid April. Annual influenza vaccination is provided free through the National Immunisation Program to groups who are at an increased risk of influenza complications, including;
- People aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are six months to less than five years old
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- Anyone aged six months and over who has a chronic condition placing them at increased risk of complications from influenza.
Australians not eligible for vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program are able to access seasonal flu vaccinations through Queens Park Medical Centre incurring a private fee.
Watch this space to be advised of any changes to scheduling for release of the 2016 Influenza Vaccination.