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Flu Vaccine Clinic in Melbourne

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Flu Vaccine Clinic

Influenza, or the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can lead to severe complications, especially in vulnerable populations. Getting an annual flu vaccine is essential for reducing the risk of flu-related complications and protecting both yourself and those around you. At Camberwell Medical Group, we offer flu vaccines to help you stay healthy during flu season.

 

Our clinic provides both NIP funded free seasonal flu vaccine and private seasonal flu vaccine.

Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:

  • people aged six months to less than 5 years (can be given at the same time as childhood vaccines)

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older

  • pregnant women (can be given at any stage of each pregnancy)

  • people aged 65 years and older (a vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).

  • people aged six months and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications.

Timing of influenza vaccination

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak influenza season, which is typically June to September.

Influenza vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza virus are circulating, and a valid vaccine is available. Some important considerations are

  • Young children aged 6 months to less than 9 years who should have 2 doses of influenza vaccine (given at least 4 weeks apart) in the first year they receive the vaccine.

  • Pregnant women (should receive the vaccine at any stage during pregnancy)

  • People travelling to a destination where influenza is circulating (year-round in the tropics)

  • People who have had a haematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant require two doses, given at least 4 weeks apart, the first time after they receive the transplant.

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