- All people older than 6 months should be vaccinated for influenza
- We expect stocks to arrive in mid to late April this year
- The best time to be vaccinated is April to May
- Flu vaccination clinics will be held every Saturday morning in May. Bookings required (ph 02 66280505)
- Families with children can book for an after school appointment
- If you do not qualify for a free government provided vaccine (see below) we will have some vaccines available for purchase.
- The flu vaccination does not protect against coronavirus
The Government is recommending all people in Australia 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu this year.
Alstonville Clinic is expecting the first delivery of vaccine stock to arrive in late April, and then they will arrive in batches. Arrival times in the past have been unpredicatable. We will make them available for our patients when we receive them.
Optimal protection against influenza occurs within the first three to four months following vaccination. The flu season is usually at its peak from June to September, therefore the best time to be vaccinated is from late April and during May.
Alstonville Clinic will be holding Flu Vaccination Clinics every Saturday in May. Details will be shared on our website and Facebook page. Bookings are required.
Families with children who are unable to attend the Saturday morning clinics will be able to call to book a weekday after school appointment (booking essential). Children who are aged from six months to under five years are recommended to have two vaccine doses in the first year they receive a flu vaccine, with at least four weeks between doses. Children who have had flu vaccination previously will only require one dose
The government provides free flu vaccination for the following groups as they have an increased risk of complications from influenza:
• All people aged 6 months to less than 5 years
• All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 6 months;
• Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
• All people aged 65 years and over
• People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk from flu, including heart, lung and kidney conditions and diabetes.
For those who are ineligible for a government subsidised vaccination, we will have a supply of vaccines at an anticipated charge of about $20. If these are not available, we will provide a prescription to obtain the vaccine from a local chemist. We will let you know at the time of booking your flu vaccination appointment,