2016 Flu season has arrived!

2016 Flu season has arrived!

 

Flu (Influenza) is a viral infection which is easily spread from person to person and can be avoided with a yearly vaccination.  It is advised to have a vaccine every year to provide long lasting immunity as vaccine strains may change each year.

Symptoms of flu include: High fever, chills and sweating, sore throat, weakness with generalised muscle/joint aches and pains, headaches and feeling generally well, with symptoms lasting as long as 2 weeks.

This year there will be 2 vaccines available in Australia:

Trivalent (3 strain)  –  which contains 2 Influenza strains and 1 Influenza B strain.

Quadrivalent  (4 strain) – which contains 2 Influenza A strains and 2 Influenza B strains – offering broader protection against current flu viruses.

This year the government will only be funding the Quadrivalent (4-strain flu) vaccine according to the World Health Organisations recommendations for the 2016 Southern Hemisphere Influenza season.

Those eligible for government funded vaccines include:

·        Pregnant women (any trimester)

·        People over the age of 65

·        Aboriginal people aged at lease 6 months, but less than 5 years or 15 years and older

·        All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years

·        Individuals with medical conditions that place them at risk for developing complications of influenza, such as:

·        Cardiac disease

·        Chronic respiratory conditions

·        Chronic neurological conditions

·        Impaired immunity

·        Diabetes and other metabolic disorders

·        Kidney disease

·        Bleeding disorders

 

Flu vaccines are available now at Currambine and Ocean Keys Family Practice.   We also have a supply of private vaccines for those not eligible for a government funded vaccine for a fee of $15.