Flu Vaccinations are now available at Fresh Start Subiaco’s Clinic
The WA Health Department has released the influenza vaccines early this year due to the COVID-19, so It is advisable to have your influenza vaccine now plus a top up in early July. All influenza shots are bulk billed at our clinic and everyone is encouraged to have a flu shot. Please call our friendly reception staff on 9381-1333 to make an appointment today.
Influenza, commonly known as flu, is a highly contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. For best protection against influenza, people are strongly advised to get the influenza vaccine every year.
Why get the influenza vaccine?
Influenza can make existing medical conditions worse, and can cause high fever and pneumonia. It is easily spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your mouth or nose. Good hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of flu and other infections.
Is the influenza vaccine safe?
Yes. Any medicine, including the influenza vaccine, can have potentially serious side effects, such as severe allergic reaction. However the risk of this is extremely small.
AusVaxSafety is a national program to monitor the type and rate of reactions to each year’s new influenza vaccine. AusVaxSafety data shows more than 92% of people who received the flu vaccine in 2018 had no reactions. Those who did have a reaction had mainly local reactions at the injection site, fever and rash. Learn more at NCIRS.
The flu vaccine triggers an immune response that can protect you from becoming ill if you are exposed to the influenza virus.
The flu vaccine cannot cause flu as it is made from the killed virus, not living viruses.
All vaccines available in Australia must pass strict safety testing before being approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) (external site).
When should I get the influenza vaccine?
For best protection against influenza, people are strongly advised to get the influenza vaccine every year. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is advised to get the influenza vaccine as soon as it is available.
Note: after vaccination it can take up to 2 weeks to develop protection.
Source: Government of Western Australia – Department of Health