SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION 2021
The Surf Beach Surgery is not expecting any of the 2021 Australian Government funded influenza vaccines until late April 2021.
Does the influenza vaccine work?
Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The influenza vaccine has been shown to be effective in preventing illness in about 50-60% of healthy adults under the age of 65 years. This can vary by year, the person’s age and underlying medical conditions. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to become effective and protect the individual against influenza. By vaccinating yourself against influenza you are not only protecting yourself, but everyone around you.
Why is it necessary to receive another dose of the influenza vaccine each year?
Each year the strains of the influenza virus which are predicted to affect Australians are reviewed and the available vaccines may be changed according to the strains. The protection provided by influenza vaccines can begin to wane after a few months so children and adults need to be re-vaccinated each year before winter.
Can influenza vaccines cause the influenza?
There is no live virus in the influenza shot, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine. The myth that the vaccine causes influenza probably results from a misinterpretation of mild vaccine side effects, which are a sign that the body is responding to the vaccine and producing protection against the actual disease for when you may come into contact with it.
Is the influenza vaccine safe?
As with any medications, vaccines can have side effects. The most common side effects following influenza vaccination include mild fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and injection site reactions. These can occur in the first three days after vaccination and can generally be managed safely at home. Talk with your immunisation provider about what to expect.
Serious side effects are rare. In Australia, we have AusVaxSafety, which monitors the safety of vaccines including seasonal influenza vaccines. This system uses a short SMS survey to ask patients, or parents of children, in a large number of general practices around Australia, if they experienced any health issues in the first few days after vaccination. In 2019, 93.9% of people that participated in the survey reported no adverse events following immunisation. Of the 6.1% of people that reported an adverse event the majority were generally mild and short lived. You can visit AusVaxSafety for further information.
Will the influenza vaccine provide protection against COVID-19?
The influenza vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19. However it will protect you against influenza and help reduce the severity and spread of influenza this winter. For further information about COVID-19 please visit https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx
Who is eligible for the free vaccine?
All persons should receive the annual influenza vaccine. However, only the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza are eligible for free influenza vaccine:
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).
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