The 2017 flu vaccine stocks have arrived at the practice.
As previously advised there is no rush to get your vaccine immediately. If you have a plan to see your doctor some time in the next 6 weeks or so it will be fine to wait until then to have a flu vaccine during that visit.
You will be eligible for a free flu vaccine if any of the following apply to you:
• >65 years old
• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
• Have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, and asthma requiring preventer medications.
If you are unlikely to be seeing your doctor you can make a time to see our Practice Nurse to organise vaccination. It might be a good time to also have your blood pressure and weight checked, review your diabetes or other chronic disease, and review 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.
Many people are keen to get vaccinated immediately, but there’s no evidence that early vaccination is any better. The misconception is that the flu season starts in autumn or early winter. While immunity provided by the vaccine should last 12 months, the best protection is in the first 5 months after vaccination. Given that the peak of flu transmission is usually July/August, then getting vaccinated by sometime in May is a good time-frame. This will give you a good level of protection during the peak periods of influenza virus circulation.
For further information about immunisation