Flu Vaccination

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is an infectious health
condition caused by the influenza virus.  The flu changes constantly and
each year new flu vaccines are released to adapt with the ever-changing
influenzas virus. The virus is easy to catch, spread and hard to avoid due
to infected people coughing, sneezing and the droplets landing on surfaces
and then easily spread.

Who should get a flu vaccination?
While the flu can affect people of all ages it’s the people with certain
underlying health conditions and people who are at the highest risk of being
hospitalised with the flu they are:

  • People over 65 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin adults over 15 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who smoke
  • People who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu
  • Heart conditions
  • Severe asthma
  • COPD and other lung conditions
  • Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2
  • Kidney problems
  • Impaired immunity such as HIV infection
  • Malignant cancers
  • Chronic neurological disorders

A flu vaccination can help to protect you and your family from infection. The
more vaccinated people in the community, the less likely the disease will
spread.

Who is eligible for the government funded influenza immunisation?

  • 65 years or older
  • Children 6 months to less than 5 years
  • Primary school-aged children (born after 30 June 2007 and > 5 years)
  • Pregnant women (any trimester)
  • Aboriginal people 6 months and older
  • Individuals 6 months and older with medical conditions that place them at risk for complications of influenza, including
    • Cardiac disease
    • Chronic respiratory conditions
    • Chronic neurological conditions
    • Impaired immunity
    • Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • Renal disease
    • Haematological disorder
    • Children aged 6 months to 10 years receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

If people don’t qualify for the government funded vaccination you can purchase the 2020 flu vaccine direct from Lockridge Medical Centre.

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