Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. It is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated) to be vaccinated against the flu.
Government funded free flu vaccine is available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for people in the following risk groups:
Older adults (65+)
Indigenous Australians (6 months and over)
Pregnant Women, & children aged between 6mths and 5 years old
People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that can lead to complications from influenza, such as:
COPD and other lung conditions
Diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
Impaired immunity such as HIV infection
Chronic neurological disorders
For all other patients private flu vaccine will be made available at a cost of $20.
Timing of vaccination
Optimal protection against influenza occurs within the first three to four months following vaccination. At Station Street Clinic we advise patients to vaccinate from April onwards in order to achieve the highest level of protection during peak influenza season. This usually occurs from June to September in most parts of Australia.