With the 2022 influenza season quickly approaching, vaccinating now means greater protection throughout the season.
IMPACT Community Health Service provides flu vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program to eligible people for free.
In this article, IMPACT’s Child Health Nurse and Nurse Immuniser Pip Burton answers some of the key questions around the vaccine.
There has been a reduced circulation of the influenza virus throughout the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be related to an increase in hand hygiene and mask wearing, and reduced social contact, along with border restrictions.
However, as Australia opens its international borders and there is greater population movement, influenza may start to re-emerge and circulate widely in the country.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised the influenza vaccines can be co-administered with COVID-19 vaccines on the same day.
Influenza vaccines are provided free through the National Immunisation Program to the following people who have an increased risk of complications from influenza:
It is important that all eligible groups are vaccinated against influenza.
Those who are medically at risk such as people with cardiac disease, lung disease, immune compromised, chronic illnesses can be at a higher risk of contracting the flu or having severe symptoms.
Queensland Health recommends all individuals aged 6 months and over be vaccinated.
With the recent State Government announcement, all Queenslanders will be offered a free flu vaccination as the state faces a severe outbreak of Influenza A.
The vaccines will be available free from GPs and pharmacies from now until the end of June.
We will be offering this service as well by appointment.
Vaccinating from April provides protection before the peak season. The best protection from vaccination occurs in the first three to four months following vaccination.
It is important to remember it generally takes from 10 days to two weeks for a vaccine to work.
Those who qualify under the National Immunisation Program can phone 4902 2000 to book an appointment.
IMPACT Community Health Service (ICHS) operates out of IMPACT Community Health Precinct, located at 2 Rafting Ground Road Agnes Water. For more information about ICHS and the health support provided, visit here.