Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop suddenly with flu and last about a week. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. The flu can also make some existing medical conditions worse.
The Influenza Vaccine 2018 is available NOW. Influenza vaccines are funded on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in 2018 for the following groups:
- All persons aged 65 years or over
- All persons aged 6 months or over who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 5 years, and aged 15 years and over.
For those who are not eligible for the government funded vaccines, the flu shots are available through our FLU CLINIC for $20.00 with a bulk-billed consultation with one of our doctors. DON’T DELAY – book online today through Healthengine.
Select ‘Flu Clinic’ and make your appointment; or, alternatively, call our friendly front desk team and request they make an appointment in the Flu Clinic – Call 9383-2493.
For more information on influenza visit the Australian Government Immunise website
Moreland West Medical Centre – your Brunswick GP. Serving the areas of Brunswick, West Brunswick, Pascoe Vale, Coburg, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, and beyond.