New recomendation on when to get your flu shot.
The Department of Health recently advised :
“Recent evidence suggests that protection following influenza vaccination may begin to wane after three to four months, therefore, timing of vaccination should aim to achieve the highest level of protection during the period of influenza virus circulations (typically from June to September in Australia and usually peaking from August)”
We therefore encourage our patients to delay having the fluvaccine until May as protection reduces after three months and the peak of the flu season is August.
The fluvaccine and pneumococcal vaccine are free to people over 65 years of age, children aged six months to less than five years of age, people who have a chronic disease, pregnant women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to under five and 15 years and over.
Ask your doctor or one of our nurses regarding this. We anticipate that we will have our vaccine stock by end April