2017 flu vaccine

Just a reminder that it’s not to late to get a flu vaccine. It’s also worth doing this even if you already think you have had a flu-like illness this season. It’s possible that you have had another viral illness.  The peak period of flu transmission is usually late July and August and even well into September, so getting vaccinated  now will give you a good level of protection during that period. See here for some relevant data (NSW Health Influenza Surveillance Data)

We especially encourage to do so if you are in one of the groups eligible for a free flu vaccine, that is if any of the following apply to you:

• >65 years old
• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
• Pregnant
• Have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, and asthma requiring preventer medications.

You can make a time to see our Practice Nurse to organise vaccination, however it would be good to book with a doctor if you think other health checks are due, for example having your blood pressure and weight checked, reviewing your diabetes or other chronic disease, and reviewing where you are up to with other health screening or immunisations. If you have any inhaled medications, such as Ventolin, Seretide, Symbicort or Spiriva, please bring them with you at this visit so we can review how you are using them.

For further information about immunisation

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

Immunise Australia