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Flu vaccination available in Cairns from 25 April 2016 at Omega Health Medical Centre

Flu vaccination available in Cairns from 25 April 2016 at Omega Health Medical Centre

Flu (also known as influenza) affected nearly 800 people in Cairns last year, and around 90 of them were so sick that they had to go to hospital.

We don’t want that to happen to you, and so we’re calling on everyone in Cairns to do their part to Fight the Flu by getting vaccinated.

This year, you can choose the vaccine you would like — the ‘trivalent’ which will will immunise you against three strains of influenza, or the ‘quadrivalent’, which will immunise you against four strains of influenza including the Brisbane and Phuket strains which contributed to the record number of flu cases across Australia in 2015.

How much will the flu vaccine cost?

Omega Health Medical Centre Cairns will be offering the 2016 trivalent influenza vaccination to our patients for just $8 per person (or free if you have a health-care card and are eligible for the Australian Government-funded flu vaccination). The quadrivalent vaccine will be available for $20, because it includes vaccination against a fourth strain of the flu.

The associated doctor’s consultation will be bulk-billed.

We will be taking appointments from Monday 25 April when expect to receive larger amounts of the 2016 flu vaccination. Please encourage your friends and family to also get vaccinated — make an appointment with one of our Cairns doctors by calling (07) 4053 7900.

Can I get influenza from the flu vaccine?

No. That is a myth. The vaccine is made from an inactivated (dead) virus that cannot transmit the infection. It takes between around two weeks for your body to build up immunity to the virus after you are vaccinated, so it is still possible to get infected by flu in the days after you are vaccinated.

Who can not get the vaccine?

The only people who cannot have the flu vaccine are those who have a severe, life-threatening allergy to the vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics or egg.

How much does the vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free for:

  • any member of the public who is considered ‘high-risk’;
  • any member of the public with a concession or health-care card.

The vaccine is just $20 for everyone else, and the associated doctor’s appointment will be bulk-billed.

Who is at greater risk of severe flu complications?

  • Anyone aged over 65 years;
  • Children under 5 years;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strat Islander people.