Flu shots for adults and kids
Get your flu vaccination to make sure you're protected against this year's strains
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly infectious disease caused by the Influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:
- high fever and chills
- cough, sore throat and stuffy nose
- muscle aches, joint pains, headache and tiredness
- nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
There two important types of Influenza virus – types A and B.
You can catch the flu at any time of year but there are more cases in winter.
Protect yourself and your family against Influenza this year by getting a flu vaccine. Protection develops about two weeks after the injection and lasts up to a year. It is important to be vaccinated every year. Flu vaccinations for adults and children are now available at our Richmond and Hawthorn Clinics.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The vaccine is prepared each year to match the strains predicted for the coming influenza season.
The government recommends that everyone over six months of age should receive an annual flu shot. Remember, even healthy people can catch Influenza.
Who can have a free flu vaccine?
Influenza vaccination is the safest way to protect you against the flu. It is funded by the National Immunisation Program for ‘at risk’ groups including:
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
- All adults aged 65 years and over
- All people aged six months and over who have certain medical conditions which increases the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy) and
- 6 months and over with certain medical risk factors – this includes anyone aged 6 months and over who has heart disease, severe asthma (requiring frequent medical consultations or use of multiple medications), chronic lung conditions, diseases of the nervous system which affect your breathing, impaired immunity, diabetes, kidney disease, haemoglobinopathies and children aged six months to 10 years on long-term aspirin therapy
If you belong to any of these categories you receive the vaccine for free.
The vaccination is free if you belong to any of the categories listed earlier (National Immunisation Program for at risk groups). Otherwise the vaccine costs $15.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to complete a registration form if you haven’t been to our clinic before.
You will see one of our doctors for a consultation before receiving your flu vaccination. The consultation will be bulk billed if you see the GP only for a flu vaccine. You will be charged $15 for the flu vaccine unless you are in the ‘at risk’ group.