Influenza

Travel Health Plus has the 2020 influenza vaccine in stock.

This year the best time to have the vaccine is NOW.

Influenza vaccination consultations are bulk billed – the vaccine costs $19.

For those who are eligible, the free government flu vaccines will be available in the clinic as of Tuesday 7th April.

In addition to the under 5’s, this year the free flu program extends to all primary school aged children.

With the current COVID-19 crisis and the influenza season looming, having the flu vaccine this year is extremely important.

Having both infections at the same time has the potential for serious health implications. Although in previous years it has been recommended the vaccine is given in April or May, the RACGP is suggesting to have it sooner rather than later in 2020.

Travel Health Plus is a specialised immunisation clinic so you can be confident your vaccination is given in a safe environment, by experienced staff. We are not a general practice, there are no unwell people in our waiting room and we have a number of different areas within the clinic to ensure social distancing.

Please note we are only able to provide Influenza Vaccinations at our Fremantle clinic at this time. Please click below to book an appointment.

 

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of influenza usually occur one to three days after infection and may include sudden onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and severe tiredness.

Prevention

Hand hygiene and vaccination are the only ways to prevent Influenza.

FAQ's

  • When should it be given?

    In 2020 you should consider getting the vaccine now. For those at higher risk, a repeat dose may be recommended in a few months.

  • Is there a cost?

    Most people need to pay for the influenza vaccine, however it is funded by state and national health departments in certain at-risk groups (such as those 65 and over).

  • Who should have the vaccine?

    The influenza vaccine is recommended from 6 months of age. It is particularly recommended in pregnancy, children under 5yrs, for the elderly, for those with chronic medical conditions, for health care workers and those with occupational exposure. This year everyone should consider it.

  • Are there any side effects from the vaccine?

    Common side effects are related to stimulation of the immune system and include local redness, swelling & discomfort and occasionally fever, muscle aches. These are usually mild and self-limiting and usually relieved by paracetamol. Having the influenza vaccine does not mean you are more susceptible to COVID-19.

  • Are there different vaccines?

    In 2020 all vaccines protect against the same 4 strains of influenza. The over 65 vaccine is 'stronger' to provide additional protection.

  • Is it the same vaccine each year?

    The vaccine changes each year to match circulating strains. It is generally well tolerated and does not contain any live virus and so cannot cause influenza.

  • Can I have the vaccine at home?

    We are not making home visits to administer the vaccine, so you will need to make an appointment. Be assured we are carefully managing our flu clinics to ensure social distancing.