Flu Vaccines 2022

4 Apr 2022 3:35 PM
Flu Vaccines 2022

Influenza vaccination is particularly important this year. With the easing of public health measures arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, a resurgence of influenza is expected in 2022, with the Australian community potentially more vulnerable to the virus this Winter. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated). The National Immunisation Program (NIP) funds influenza vaccines for people most at risk.

Information about the 2022 Influenza Vaccine for patients of the Labrador Medical Centre (as at 4 April 2022):
 

GOVERNMENT FUNDED AND PRIVATE FLU VACCINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
 

PLEASE CALL TO SPEAK WITH RECEPTION TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT. (ONLINE BOOKINGS FOR FLU VACCINES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME DUE TO LIMITED STOCK, PLEASE CALL FOR BOOKINGS).
 

SOME PATIENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED (FREE) VACCINE. OTHER PATIENTS CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE THE PRIVATE VACCINE. PRIVATE VACCINE COST - $15.00.
 

  • ​​​ELIGIBLE GROUPS FOR THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED (FREE) VACCINE:
    • all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age
    • all adults aged 65 years and older
    • pregnant women
    • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
    • individuals aged 6 months and older with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications.

Your Doctor can provide further information and assist to determine eligibility during consultation. For further information about eligibility, please CLICK HERE.
 

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY VACCINE?

We are encouraged to start to booking appointments from mid-April onwards to ensure the best protection at the peak of the season which is usually between June and September. If you have questions about the timing of your vaccine, please speak with your Doctor.
 

FLU VACCINE FAQS

Q- Do I need to book an appointment for my flu vaccine, or can I walk in and request the vaccine on the day?

A - An appointment is required - please call 5552 1888 to speak with our team. Vaccine stock levels require appointment allocation to ensure booked patients correlate with vaccine stock levels for the day.
 

Q - Why is flu vaccine stock so limited (I do not want to wait to receive my vaccine)?

A - Please be aware that QLD Health controls vaccine distribution and dispatch. Medical Centres have no control over vaccine arrival times or volumes, despite early and regular ordering. Additional vaccine appointments are made available as each delivery arrives. Our team can provide information about available booking dates and times for flu vaccines and are happy to assist with any questions.
 

Q - If I develop cold, flu or COVID-19 like symptoms prior to my flu vaccine appointment, should I still arrive as normal, what should I do?

A - If you develop any of the above symptoms, currently have COVID-19, or have had any contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 prio to any appointment, it is vital that you call before entering the Surgery so our team can triage appropriately. If at all unsure, please call before entering.