The 2015 southern hemisphere seasonal influenza vaccine will contain three seasonal influenza strains, with two strain changes from the 2014 vaccine. The trivalent influenza vaccine components for the Australian 2015 influenza season will contain the following:
- A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) – like virus, 15 µg HA per dose
- A (H3N2): an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2) – like virus, 15 µg HA per dose
- B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013 – like virus, 15 µg HA per dose
This double-strain change, which is an unusual occurrence, has caused manufacturing delays due to the time it takes to develop, test and distribute the reagents needed to make the vaccine.
Private Flu Vaccine cost $15:
- Patients >6 months – <65 years
Eligible groups for Government Funded Free Flu vaccines:
- All adults >65 years
- Pregnant women during any trimester
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged >15 years of age
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to <5 years of age
- Individuals > 6 months of age with a diagnosed chronic illness
Book now and get in early to avoid the flu. The flu vaccine does not provide long-lasting immunity – so you need to be vaccinated each year.
To book an appointment with your Doctor you can either, contact our friendly Receptionists on 33692444, book via your smartphone if you have downloaded the Appointuit App and registered for our practice or go to our website www.redhilldoctors.com.au and click on the appointment tab to register and make an online appointment.
Vaccinate to protect this winter
For more information about the flu, visit Flu Smart.
Planning a trip overseas? It’s never too late to book a Travel Appointment. Ideally it would be best to book at least 6-8 weeks before you are due to depart.
Dr Sharnti Caulley and Dr Katherine Dent specialise in Travel Medicine and are Yellow Fever Accredited.
Travel Vaccines and personalised first aid kits are available on site.
Ring the surgery or make your appointment online using the Appointuit tab on our website or download the App.
Travel Health Bulletin
- Influenza deaths in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong has reported almost double the death rates from Influenza this season compared to last season.
- Intensive care beds are at 95% capacity. How can I protect myself?
- Discuss influenza vaccination with your Travel Doctor and consider carrying emergency treatment for those at highest risk.
- Measles outbreak in Canada
- Canada is the latest in a long line of countries reporting higher than average numbers of confirmed cases of Measles.
- 139 cases have been reported since late January 2015. How can I protect myself?
- Discuss your vaccination history with your Travel Doctor. Measles immunity can be confirmed by a blood test if necessary.
- Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu
- Heavy rain and strong winds have caused flooding and extensive damage to infrastructure however many resorts are still in operation.
- Expect disruption to transportation and avoid affected areas. How can I protect myself?
- Confirm with your resort and transportation providers that all are in operation prior to departure. In some cases your Travel Doctor may recommend certain vaccines for added protection.
- MERS-CoV outbreak in United Arab Emirates
- MERS-Co virus causes a respiratory illness with 73 documented cases in the United Arab Emirates.
- The virus can be contracted from infected people or camels. How can I protect myself?
- Practice good hand hygiene and avoid contact with camels and camel products including milk and meat.