Immunisation against the flu
Immunisation of people who are at risk of complications from the flu is the most important way we have to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths. Each year, a new flu vaccine is developed (usually called the seasonal vaccine) and is available for those who wish to be immunised.
We are running a dedicated Flu Vaccination Clinic on weekdays Monday to Friday. Get your flu vaccine administered by one of our friendly doctors.
An annual flu immunisation is provided through the National Immunisation Program for most people in the community who are considered to be at an increased risk of complications. In Victoria, an annual immunisation against the flu is free for:
- people six months and over who have medical conditions that put them at risk of serious complications of the flu
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to under five years and 15 years and over
- pregnant women – at any stage of pregnancy
- people 65 years and over.
We recommend everyone getting the immunisation. By protecting ourselves we can protect those who are at risk, as well as those who are unable to be vaccinated.
What is the difference between the trivalent vaccine that is available and the quadrivalent vaccine?
The trivalent vaccine will have three strains (trivalent) that has an added ‘kick’ to it to produce a better immune response.
The quadrivalent vaccine is recommended for the general community under the age of 65; while the trivalent vaccine was designed specifically for the waning immune system in the elderly (aged >65) to help elicit a greater immune response.
For more frequently asked questions about the flu, please visit our blog post