Anyone who wants to protect themselves against this year’s influenza strains should talk to their doctor about getting immunised. The flu vaccine changes every year because strains vary each year.
The government funds vaccinations for people who are 65 years and over; children under 5 (and older than 6 months); pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over, and anyone who is considered to have certain medical risk factors (a list your doctor has will let you know if you are eligible).
For those not covered by the government funded program, influenza vaccinations are around $20 depending on which clinic you attend.
If you haven’t had a vaccination yet, now is the time as the change in season and cooler weather approaches.
Dr Andrew Spall
Rainbow Beach General Practice