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North Sydney Doctors provides Flu vaccinations and we recommend everyone should have one – especially those at increased risk of complications as listed in the information below.

What is Influenza?

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are three main types of influenza virus that cause infection in humans – types A, B and C – and many sub-types or strains. Influenza can occur throughout the year but influenza activity usually peaks in winter.

Influenza is a vaccine-preventable illness but a new vaccine needs to be given each year because influenza viruses change (mutate) constantly. A new influenza vaccine is prepared each year to best match the strains predicted for the coming influenza season.

Are you eligible for a free flu vaccine?

Currently, annual influenza vaccination is provided free through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to groups who are at an increased risk of influenza complications. This includes:

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • Anyone aged 6 months and over who has a chronic condition placing them at increased risk of complications from influenza

Things you might not know:

  • There is no live virus in the flu shot so it cannot give you the flu!
  • The composition of the vaccine changes every year to combat the most common strains of influenza
  • You should get a flu shot every year, even if you have been vaccinated the year before
  • The flu shot is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy
  • Children can begin to be immunised against the flu from six months of age
  • If your child has a chronic medical condition, she/he is at increased risk of severe flu or complications from flu.

Any other questions or concerns please ask your Doctor.



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