Flu vaccine 2017

April 11th, 2017  

The 2017 influenza vaccine has arrived. Private and government provided stock is available. Those eligible for government sponsored influenza vaccination are:

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant women, at any time during their pregnancy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to under five years and 15 years and older
  • any person over six months of age with a condition predisposing them to severe influenza illness requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation, including children aged six months to 10 years undergoing long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • Down syndrome and fall under one of the above categories
    • obesity defined as a body mass index (BMI) = 40 kg/m2 and fall under one of the above categories
    • chronic liver disease and fall under one of the above categories
    • residents of aged care facilities and long-term residential care facilities and fall under one of the above categories.