FREE 2017 Flu shots Richmond & Abbotsford
Free influenza immunisations and flu shots are available to all patients at Yarra Medical in 2017. The seasonal flu vaccine usually arrives at our medical centres in the first week of April each year. We stock the quadrivalent flu shot and influenza immunisation. The flu shot will be free to all patients of the clinic so if you live in Richmond, Abbotsford or any surrounding Melbourne suburbs book in for you free flu shot today. Please note that standard consult fees apply however bulk billing is available for children, health care and pension card holders on weekdays before 5pm.
Free Flu Shots and Influenza Immunisations
Free seasonal influenza vaccine is available to all patients at Yarra Medical including the following people:
- all people aged 65 years and over
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 5 years
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- 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
The influenza immunisation is safe for children older than 6 months of age, pregnant and breast feeding women. All immunocompromised patients and children under 9 years of age who receive the influenza immunisation 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.
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.