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Flu Vaccines in Richmond & Abbotsford

Influenza immunisations and flu vaccines are available to all patients at Yarra Medical. The seasonal flu vaccine usually arrives at our medical centres in the first week of April each year. We stock the quadrivalent (4 strain) flu shot at both of our clinics so if you live in Richmond, Abbotsford or any surrounding Melbourne suburbs book in for you free flu shot today.

Flu Shots and Influenza Immunisations

Seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is available to all patients at Yarra Medical. The flu shot is provided for free to the following people:

  • children under the age of 5
  • all people aged 65 years and over
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • pregnant women

The free vaccine is also available for people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza, namely:

  • Cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
  • Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
  • Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
  • Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
  • Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use

Flu Vaccine Fees

For a full list of our flu shot and vaccine fees, please visits our vaccines fees page. Workplace flu shots and on-site vaccinations can be requested by calling reception directly.

Special Circumstances

The flu vaccine is safe for children older than 6 months of age, and pregnant and breast feeding women. All immunocompromised patients and children under 9 years of age who receive the flu shot for the first time are recommended to receive two vaccine doses, at least 4 weeks apart and 1 dose annually thereafter. Children under 3 years of age will require a junior version of the vaccine.

Workplace Flu Shots

Each year Yarra Medical offers work-based flu shots. One of our trained immunisation nurses can visit your workplace to vaccinate your staff. Alternatively, staff can attend our clinic for their workplace flu shot with the account sent to your company. If you would like to book your workplace in for on-site flu shots, please contact the clinic.

Pre-immunisation Checklist

Influenza vaccines are generally safe but before seeing your doctor it is important to familiarise yourself with the pre-immunisation checklist and list of possible side effects of the vaccine by clicking here.

Side Effects and Adverse Events

Side effects or adverse events following any immunisation can be reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration by calling the Adverse Medicine Events Line on 1300 134 237 or lodging a report online at the TGA website via the ‘report a problem link’. You can also report adverse events to your doctor, hospital, health centre or to your state and territory health authority.

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