Ladywood Clinic have flu vaccines available for all ages.
When is the best time to have the influenza vaccine?
Influenza vaccination is recommended to commence from April, aiming to achieve an optimum level of protection during the peak influenza season, typically June to September for most parts of Australia.
Who is eligible for the free flu vaccine?
As part of the 2020 Annual Influenza Program free flu vaccination is available for people who are at greater risk of disease and developing complications if they get the flu.
The free flu vaccine is available for:
- all pregnant women (any trimester)
- people six months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:
- cardiac disease,
- chronic respiratory conditions, including severe asthma
- chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases and seizure disorders
- immunocompromising conditions , including immunocompromised due to disease or treatment
- diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- renal disease
- haematological disorders, including haemoglobinopathies
- children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy who are at increased risk of Reye syndrome following influenza infection.
- all children aged six months to less than five years of age
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- all people aged 65 years and over
How much is the private flu vaccine?
If you are not eligible to receive a free influenza vaccine, you can pay to have the vaccine, Ladywood clinic fee is $15
Not Free but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
In addition to those eligible for the free flu vaccine, the following groups are strongly recommended to have the vaccine:
- health care workers
- anyone who works in a nursing home or long term care facility
- anyone who lives in a household with a person who is in a high risk category
- people providing essential services, for example police or ambulance officers
- anyone 5 years of age and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of getting the flu
- staff working in early childhood education and care
- anyone providing care to homeless people