Flu vaccines 2021
Flu vaccines are being offered from April 2021 as usual. Vaccines are now in stock, but as we have different vaccines for various age groups, stock levels will vary depending on which category you are in.
We have vaccines for over 65 year olds, under 5 year olds, and those 5-64 who do or do not have an eligible chronic disease. Please choose your category carefully when booking.
If your category is not currently in stock you, when you click to book online you will be able to “Reserve” a vaccine. Our online booking system will then notify you when the vaccine is in stock so you can complete the booking. This is a separate system to our previous web sign-up form.
|Aged 65 and over||Yes, 14/04/21||Govt funded|
|Aged under 5||Not yet||Govt funded|
|Aged 5-65 with a chronic condition||Yes, 14/04/21||Govt funded|
|Aged 5-65 with no medical condition||Yes, 14/04/21||$20|
Covid vaccination timing
Flu vaccines are still important
Our doctors recommend that EVERYONE consider a flu vaccine this year, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rates of flu transmission last year were very low, but this year is unpredictable because we don’t have such a strict lock-down in place.
Key Summary Information For 2021:
- Have your flu vaccine when it becomes available. There is no rush due to low transmission at the moment.
- Some people have suggested a booster dose might be needed if you have the vaccine very early, but we don’t recommend that. There is currently insufficient evidence on whether to recommend a booster dose for those vaccinated early in the season.
- Over 65s receive a different formulation, to promote a stronger immune response in the body. This is only available through your GP. All vaccines, including the over-65 version, are quadrivalent (four strains included).
- Young children should be vaccinated. There is a strong push to ensure as many children as possible receive their vaccine, and the Victorian government funds vaccines for those aged 6 months to 5 years.
- Pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those with chronic conditions remain a high priority for vaccination. Vaccinating yourself during pregnancy also protects your baby when it is born.