2018 FLU VACCINATIONS
When will the 2018 Flu Vaccinations be available in Queensland and what will they cost?
This year’s flu vaccinations are due to arrive in March (for children and adults) and April (the Government funded Senior vaccine).
Costs at SmartClinics centres will be:
- Infant ages 6 months to under 5 years (FREE – Government funded)
- Child ages 5 years to 17 years – $9.95 (early bird offer*)
- Adult 18 years to 65 years old – $9.95 (early bird offer*)
- Senior 65 years and older (FREE – Government funded)
*Not accepted at Woree, The Gap, Walton Bridge, Ferny Hills & Annandale. $14.95 after offer ends.
Many SmartClinics Medical Centres are also offering bulk billed flu vaccination appointments this year during business hours.
I received a flu shot in 2017, do I still need to get a 2018 flu shot?
Yes. The strains of flu virus can change from year to year. The vaccine may also change to protect against the most recent flu virus strains. Even if the flu strains do not change, a yearly vaccine for influenza is still recommended, as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.
It is also highly contagious, so you could pass it on to someone at risk. The Flu is potentially a life-threatening illness for the young, frail and the aged.
What’s the benefit of having a flu vaccination performed in a medical centre rather than a Chemist?
It is good medicine that you have your yearly flu shot administered at your GP practice as they have your medical history, can keep a record of your vaccinations and discuss any medical concerns with you in a private setting.
What are the most common symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms may occur 1 to 3 days after infection, and generally seem like the ‘common cold’. Typical flu symptoms could include:
- sneezing and runny nose;
- poor appetite; and
- muscle aches.
If you or your loved ones experience any of these symptoms this flu season, please see your doctor. Further health problems can develop in some people after flu infection including pneumonia, heart, blood system and liver complications, which can lead to death, especially in children and older people.