SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION 2020
Please note that we are not expecting our influenza vaccines until mid-late April 2020. Please also be aware that we will NOT be scheduling flu clinics until we have received our influenza vaccines.
The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee recommendation for the composition of influenza vaccines for Australia in 2020 introduces three new strains when compared to the composition of the trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines for Australia in 2019: a new A (H1N1) like virus strain, a new A (H3N2) like virus strain and new strain for the B Victoria lineage.
Quadrivalent influenza vaccines:
an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
Eligibility for free influenza vaccine
Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:
all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age (including Aboriginal and medically at risk)
all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, 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
children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
pregnant women (influenza vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
people aged 65 years and over (vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).
OUR COLLECTION TINS
At Surf Beach Surgery we aim to care for others. So far we have collected about $7000 for Doctors Without Borders. Thank you for your generosity.
We are now collecting money for Can Assist, to assist patients in the Eurobodalla diagnosed with cancer. Look out for our donation tins when you visit.
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GREAT WEBSITES FOR HEALTH INFORMATION
Trusted Health Advice | Healthdirect
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myDr.com.au - Health and Medical Information for Australia
Excellent current recommendation and advice regarding vaccinations
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