Your best shot is a flu shot!
Influenza (also known as the flu), is a highly contagious respiratory illness. It's a common cause of hospitalisation and leads to thousands of Australians needing to visit the GP every year. Influenza symptoms may be mild in some, but it can cause very serious illness, hospitalisation and even death in otherwise healthy people. However, it is the most common vaccine-preventable illness in Australia.
Those aged 6 months to 5 years, 65+ years, have underlying medical conditions and pregnant women are at higher risk and should get themselves protected again the flu. By getting vaccinated, you also help protect those that are too ill or too young to be vaccinated and help slow the spread of the disease. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year as the virus strains that cause the flu change each year, and the vaccine changes each year to match these strains. At Advanced Health Medical Centre, we will be administering the 2023 quadrivalent vaccine from mid-March for the flu vaccination service.
Book your appointment now and ensure that you're covered for the 2023 flu season!
Your questions answered
Who's eligible for a free flu vaccination?
Influenza vaccination is particularly important for those considered most at risk. Under the National Immunisation Program free influenza vaccines are provided to the following high risk groups:
- children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications
- pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
- people aged 65 years and over
Can the COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Vaccine be administered on the same day?
Yes, Influenza vaccines can be co-administered (given on the same day) with any COVID-19 vaccine.
What influenza virus strains are in the 2023 Southern Hemisphere seasonal influenza vaccines?
- A/Sydney/5/2021 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
- A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus
- B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus
- B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus