We strongly recommended vaccination against influenza (flu) for most patients – especially now during the COVID 19 pandemic. We are running several flu vaccine (flu shot) clinics on Wednesdays and currently have booking available for November 4th.
Call reception any day after 1 p.m. to get your time to come in. Arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to be screened for COVID 19 symptoms at the door. If you are unwell, please call to reschedule your appointment. Please wear clothing that you can remove easily to expose your whole arm. Short sleeved or sleeveless shirts are best (under another layer that is easy to remove).
Children under 9 years of age who are getting the flu vaccine for the first time ever, need 2 doses of vaccine, at least 4 weeks apart, to get maximum protection.
Anyone over age 5 can also get a flu vaccine at many local pharmacies.
- Flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent influenza
- Each year there is a new vaccine to protect against the flu strains that are expected in the coming flu season. Even if the strains have not changed, getting flu vaccine every year is needed because your protection may have declined since your last vaccine.
- The body needs about two weeks to build up protection to the
- Yearly flu shots are encouraged for everyone older than 6 months, especially those at high risk for flu complications (eg have chronic diseases or are pregnant) and people who could spread flu to people at high risk.
- Injectable flu vaccines are considered safe for women who are breast feeding or pregnant (including the developing child). These vaccines are made from killed flu virus particles and cannot cause