influenza immunisation program 2019

Influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended every year to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with the flu. People in South Australia have already been infected with Influenza this year.

INFLUENZA IMMUNISATION IS AVAILABLE NOW

The strains of flu virus can change year to year, so a new influenza vaccine every year is required. 

If you are eligible for a FREE immunisation, then make an appointment with our nurse by calling 8296 0122 and we have the state funded vaccines at Seacombe Medical Centre.

If you are NOT eligible for a free immunisation then you will need to ask for a prescription and purchase the vaccine and bring it to your appointment with our nurse. Please bring the vaccine directly from the pharmacy to keep it at the correct temperature.

As part of the Annual Influenza Program, free flu vaccination is available at Seacombe Medical Centre for the following people:​

  • everyone aged 65 years and over

  • all pregnant women (including those in the first trimester)

  • all young children aged 6 months to 5 years of age

  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older

  • people 6 months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:

    • cardiac disease

    • chronic respiratory conditions including severe asthma

    • other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, for example, diabetes, chronic renal (kidney) failure, chronic metabolic disease and haemoglobinopathies

    • chronic neurological conditions that may impact on respiratory function including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders and other neuromuscular disorders

    • people with impaired immunity, including HIV infection, malignancy and chronic steroid use

    • children on long term aspirin therapy

 

Your doctor may also recommend you have a flu vaccine if you are part of the following groups. We can prescribe the vaccine and it can be purchased at a pharmacy and our nurse or doctor can administer it.

  • health care workers

  • anyone who works in a nursing home or aged care facility

  • anyone who lives in a household with a person who is in a high risk category

  • people providing essential services, eg police or ambulance officers

  • travelers

  • staff working in early childhood education and care

  • anyone providing care to homeless people

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

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