To Our Valued Patients,
The Flu Shot has just arrived at Platinum Health Medical Centres. This year we are again vaccinating with the four strain quadrivalent flu vaccine. This helps to ensure protection against four flu virus strains.
Flu Clinics will start next week. Contact your preferred Platinum Medical Centre to arrange your appointment.
Please advise the receptionist your appointment is for a Flu Clinic. Appointments are for a few minutes and are only for the Flu Shot. If scripts, referrals, etc are requested, you will be asked to book an appointment with your GP.
All Flu Clinic appointments will be bulk billed. The private vaccine will cost $15.
If you're over 65 years of age or have a chronic condition, the flu vaccine is Government funded. Why should you get vaccinated? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a virus which spreads easily from person to person through infected droplets in the air and by hands carrying the virus.
The flu virus infects your nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. It differs from a cold as symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop suddenly and last about a week. In some cases severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop resulting in hospitalization and /or death.
Strains can change each year even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this season.
How do flu vaccines work? Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against the above three flu viruses plus an additional B virus.