Flu Clinic – Robina Town Medical Centre
Flu vaccine now available
Our 2021 stock of flu vaccinations have arrived!
Private flu vaccines are currently available for $20 each.
Check your eligibility for a free Government supplied flu vaccine here.
You are eligible if you meet certain age and Medical criteria
Both the Private and Government flu vaccines cover four strains of flu but if you are 65 or over your vaccine is ‘supercharged’.
How do I book?
Please ring the practice so Reception can book you with either your doctor or the nurse (depending on your doctor’s preference).
Please remember to leave a 3 week gap between a flu vaccine and a Covid vaccine.
Why get the flu vaccine?
The influenza vaccine doesn’t provide protection against Covid-19 but it does help to protect you from the influenza virus. Here’s a few reasons to get the flu vaccine this year:
1. Having a flu vaccine protects you, your family and the community. Seasonal influenza can lower your immunity, making you susceptible to other illnesses, including Covid-19. The flu can cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people. Influenza is an infection of the airways which can cause severe complications.
2. Getting the flu vaccination protects others in your life, such as those who are too young or sick to be vaccinated, and vulnerable groups such as babies, older people and pregnant women.
3. A large number of flu patients may strain on our health system. If a significant number of flu patients and Covid-19 patients require urgent health care at the same time, lives may be at risk.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The Australian government is recommending that everyone aged over 6 months is vaccinated against seasonal flu unless medically contraindicated.
It’s important to get the influenza vaccine every year. Influenza virus strains change each year, meaning last year’s vaccination does not target the virus strains that are circulating this year.
Children aged 6 months to 9 years who are receiving the flu vaccine for the first time will need to have two doses, 4 weeks apart.
Quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccines
Age-specific quadrivalent influenza vaccines (also known as QIVs) are vaccines containing 4 strains of the virus. These are available for people aged between 6 months and 65 years. For those aged 65 years and over, a new supercharged quadrivalent vaccine is available in 2020 which should be given in preference to other types of flu vaccines as it offers additional protection to this more at-risk age group.
Who is eligible for a free vaccine?
Vaccines covered by the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are free to those who are eligible.
Those eligible to receive 2020 NIP-funded influenza vaccines are:
- pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
- people aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- people aged 6 months to 4 years (new category this year)
- people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications 
Vaccination side effects
Minor side effects can occur after any vaccination. These include mild fever and pain, redness or swelling at the injection site. Generally, these side effects don’t last for more than two days. Fortunately, serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, are extremely rare.
The flu vaccine is one of only two vaccines that are recommended during pregnancy (the other being whooping cough). It is safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. Breastfeeding women can also safely receive the flu vaccine.
There are 3 vaccine options dependent on your eligibility:
a) Government Funded: 65 and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and those meeting ‘at risk’ medical criteria
- Supercharged vaccine designed specifically for this group
- This vaccine cannot be purchased by anyone privately nor given to anyone not meeting age or medical criteria
- Doctor’s visit bulk-billed with a valid Medicare card
- No fee for the vaccine
- Available now
b) Government Funded: 6 months to 4 years
- Supercharged not necessary for this age group
- Doctors visit bulk-billed with a valid Medicare card
- No fee for the vaccine
- Available now
c) Private: 5 years and under 65 (not age or medically required)
- Doctors visit is bulk-billed with a valid Medicare card
- $20 each
- Available now
Flu Vaccine – ‘At Risk’ Group:
- Cyanotic congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Congestive heart failure
Chronic Respiratory Conditions
- Suppurative lung disease
- Cystic fibrosis\Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease
- Chronic Emphysema
- Severe Asthma
Chronic Neurological Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Seizure disorders
- Other neuromuscular disorders
Other Chronic Illnesses
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Chronic metabolic diseases
- Chronic renal failure
- Impaired immunity
- Infection, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- Long term aspirin therapy in children (aged 6 months to 10 years)
- HIV infection
- Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
What is the flu?
The Flu or ‘Influenza’ is a highly contagious viral infection which is spread by contact with fluids and droplets from sneezes and coughs, or by touching surfaces touched by an infected person. Flu affects the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.
Symptoms of the flu
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Poor appetite
- Joint/muscle pains
- Feeling sleepy, weak and fatigued
Complications of the flu
Flu season peaks in winter and people infected with the flu virus can become seriously unwell. Potentially life threatening complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, chest infections and liver complications can develop and those in ‘high risk groups’ are more likely to experience complications resulting in hospitalisation.
If you or your family experience flu symptoms this year, please see your doctor.