2021 Flu Vaccine Information
Free Vaccines for Seniors and Infants
COVID-19 Vaccine and 2021 Flu Shot
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised the preferred minimum interval between a seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccination available in Australia is 14 days.
Funded (Free) Flu shots are now available.
This vaccine is recommended, and Free for:
- Infants aged 6 months to under 5 years,
- Senior 65 years and older,
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy,
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older,
- Individuals aged 6months of over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications as listed in the NCIRS Influenza Factsheet (Table 1).
Non Government Funded Flu shots are also now available.
This vaccine is recommended for:
- Children aged 5 years to 17 years
- Adults aged 18 years to 65 years old
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Full eligibility criteria, as well as additional information can be found in the NCIRS Influenza Vaccine Factsheet.
I received a flu shot in 2020, do I still need to get a 2021 flu shot?
Yes. Flu strains can change from year to year. Getting the latest flu vaccine is the only way to protect against the most recent flu virus strains. Even if the flu does not change, the vaccine should still be refreshed annually, as immunity from the flu vaccine is not long lasting.
Will the Flu Vaccine make me get the Flu?
This is a common misunderstanding. The flu contains an inactive form of the virus, which means it won't give you the flu. The vaccine does take 2-3 weeks to fully protect you. If you are already coming down with the flu, or due to be exposed, you may still get sick.
Some patients report mild flu like symptoms for a day or two after getting the vaccine, but this is extremely mild compared to contracting the flu.
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 contact us. 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.
What does the flu vaccine contain?
The Alfuria Quad vaccine, which is the vaccine available for private purchase (not the government-funded vaccine) contains inactivated virus fragments of four types of influenza:
- H1n1 – 15 micrograms
- H3N2 – 15 micrograms
- B strain – 15 micrograms
- B strain – 15 micrograms