influenza immunisation program 2020

Influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended every year to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with the flu.

SA Health has recommended Influenza Immunisation commence now to reduce the risk of Influenza spreading at the same time as COVID-19 is spreading in our community.

Having your immunisations in a general practice is very safe. We are highly trained specialist GPs and Registered Nurses with many years of training and experience.

To keep our patients as safe as possible we are providing immunisations in the private car park behind our medical centre. It means you will not be in the waiting room at any time. You can wait in your car, have your immunisation and then be observed post immunisation in your car by our skilled registered nurses. This is best practice to maintain social distancing and reducing risk of exposure to COVID-19.

To support immunisation in our community, appointments to the Flu Immunisation Clinics are bulk billed. 

1. Funded Flu Immunisations 

Patients listed below are eligible for funded (no cost to patient) immunisations. 

These are only available in general practices

2. Private Flu Immunisation 

If you are ineligible for the funded immunisation you will need to purchase an immunisation. We have some available at Seacombe Medical Centre, or you can ring ahead to get a prescription to purchase an immunisation at your pharmacy and bring it to your appointment. Separate to the cost of the immunisation, the administration of the immunisation by our nurse or doctor is bulk billed.

INFLUENZA IMMUNISATION IS AVAILABLE NOW

Government Funded (no cost) immunisations are available at Seacombe Medical Centre for:​

  • all pregnant women (any trimester)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Adults and children who are homeless

All funded vaccines available for use in Australia for the 2020 influenza season are quadrivalent (four strains- two influenza A and two influenza B) and contain the following strains:

  • an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

  • an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus

  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus and

  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus

Please call and speak to our friendly reception staff on 8296 0122 if you have any questions.

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