FREE FLU VACCINE – ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
65 or over? – Aboriginal or TSI under 5? – Pregnant? – In the below ‘at risk’ group?
- Yearly vaccination is strongly recommended to maintain immunity
- The flu shot is safe for children over 6 months, pregnant women (at all stages of pregnancy) and the elderly
- There is a specific flu vaccine for children under 3 years old – Sanofi’s FluQuadri Junior
- GlaxoSmithKline’s Fluarix Tetra is the vaccine for people aged 3 years and older
- Both the Government and Private are 4 strain’s, covering: 2 Influenza A’s and 2 influenza B’s (Michigan, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Phuket)
- Cyanotic congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Congestive heart failure
Chronic Respiratory Conditions
- Supperative lung disease
- Cystic fibrosis\Chronic Obstructive Pulmondary 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)
This year, the flu vaccine is a Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine which covers 4 strains of the flu virus. Flu strains can change from year to year and it is strongly recommended that flu shots are given before the flu season starts.
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 getting 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 severe complications resulting in hospitalisation.