Did you know?
- In 2022 children aged 5 to 9 years had the highest rates of influenza of any age group
- In 2022 of all influenza admissions to monitored hospitals, 55.9% were children less than 16 years old
Influenza is highly contagious illness that can lead to hospitalisation, and in many people will result in at least, a full week unwell at home. Children are likely to be much more unwell with Influenza than they are with COVID.
A Flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child from serious illness. The 2023 Flu vaccine provides about a 50% effectiveness in reducing the risk against the four dominate strains of Flu.
Children under nine years of age, receiving an influenza vaccination for the first time, require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month. Children who have previously had a Flu vaccine, require only one dose.
A free vaccine is available to people at highest risk of severe illness, including all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over, children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age, people with serious health conditions, pregnant women and those aged 65 years and over.
All other people, aged 5 to 64 years can receive a Private Flu vaccine for the cost of $25.00.
Those over the age of 18 years can also receive a COVID booster dose at the same time as a Flu vaccine. If your last COVID vaccination or COVID infection was more than 6 months ago you are eligible for a COVID vaccine booster now. This is particularly recommended for people aged 65+ or any of the high-risk categories previously identified.
Many of you will be come close to 12 months since your last vaccine, and efficacy is likely to be waning.
These Flu vaccine appointments are for vaccinations only. If you wish to discuss other medical issues, please book an appointment with a doctor. Your GP can administer a Flu vaccine; however, these appointments will incur a fee for the consultation.