At Cranbourne Medical Centre, we strongly urge our patients to receive an annual Flu Vaccination as a preventative measure. 4000 cases of the flu have already been announced in Victoria for 2019, making Summer 2019 the biggest Summer breakout of Influenza in Victoria’s history. Be sure to stay protected with a Flu Vaccination at Cranbourne Doctors.
The 2019 Flu Vaccination and Why Is It So Important To Be Vaccinated?
This year, there are two types of influenza vaccine: The new A strain (H3N2) and a new B strain. At Cranbourne Medical Centre, we highly recommend our patients receive the vaccine to ensure they are protected against receiving the Flu, but also to ensure there are fewer people being able to spread the Flu; thus reducing the number of people becoming infected. The Flu Vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective way to protect yourself from any serious disease caused by the Flu.
The severity of Influenza varies every year, however, due to an abnormally severe and rare Summer Flu season, our doctors at Cranbourne Medical Centre recommend anyone >6 months, receive the injection.
How Much Does The Flu Vaccination Cost?
Under the National Immunisation Program, (NIP) there will be particular groups of people eligible for a free Flu shot. The program may include anyone over the age of 65 years, pregnant women, those who suffer from chronic conditions, and for the first time, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from 6 months of age. For anyone unsure whether they fall under the program, they can check here for clarification.
For those not under NIP, we do charge a $19 fee for the flu vaccination and GP Cranbourne consultation appointments will be bulk billed.
When Is The Best Time To Get Vaccinated?
At Cranbourne Doctors, we recommend our patients receive the vaccination in April-May time, with the aim to be immune by peak flu season which is generally July-September.
Are There Any Side Effects Of The Vaccine?
As all vaccinations and medications have side effects, it is important to note there can also be minor side effects of the flu vaccination. For most people, common side effects include pain, redness, swelling or hardness where the was needle injected. Fever, tiredness, and body aches are a few of the other side effects, these are minor side effects, however, if they do progress, becoming uncomfortable, it is important to alert one of our doctors at GP Cranbourne.
Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors to ensure you are protected against this years’ Flu season.