Flu Vaccination 2021

How fast did the year go?

Very soon we will be heading back to flu vaccination time. What a year has occurred since the 2020 vaccination but one thing it proved was vaccination works. At our clinic we vaccinated over 600 people and had no flu cases and no vaccine complications. Within Australia last year was the mildest flu season on record with flu cases falling more than 300K to only 21K in 2020. We feel this is a great example of a vaccination program that protects individuals and the community.

So what do you need to know about this year’s vaccination?

Like year , Ideally, people should receive their annual influenza vaccination before the start of the influenza season. The period of peak influenza season is typically June to September and protection after vaccination is generally expected to last throughout the year with optimal protection in the first 3 to 4 months after vaccination.

Who should have the vaccination?

Flu vaccination only covers you for one year. Plus strains change so the vaccination can change. Therefore annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all aged  ≥6 months. It is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications

Who get it for free?

Currently the vaccination is funded in the following cases:

  • All children aged 6 months to <5 years
  • All adults ≥65 years.
  • Those aged 5 to <65 years of age with an increased risk of complications from influenza.

This populations include:

  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people who have certain medical conditions eg: chronic cardiac, respiratory, neurological, kidney, metabolic diseases, diabetes or immunocompromised
  • pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy.

If you do not meet any of this criteria you will have to pay for your vaccination. Most of the time this is in the region of $10-13 per vaccine.

What are the recommendations for vaccination during pregnancy?

  • Influenza vaccine is recommended in every pregnancy and at any stage of pregnancy.
  • Influenza vaccine can safely be given at the same time as pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.
  • Pregnant women who received an influenza vaccine in 2020 should receive a 2021 influenza vaccine if it becomes available before the end of pregnancy.
  • Women who receive influenza vaccine before becoming pregnant should be revaccinated during pregnancy to protect the unborn infant

How do you vaccinate against flu and COVID?

You can have either vaccine first (COVID or flu), BUT there has to be at least 14 days between each. They cannot be given on the same day.

When will Heroes Home Doctor be offering Vaccinations and How?

Currently we do not know when we will be getting our vaccination delivery.

As soon as we find this out we will let you all know how to access your vaccination and how we will be administering them. We will release this information via a newsletter and social media.  So keep in contact.