Influenza is caused by a virus that is highly contagious and easily spread through coughing and sneezing. Flu symptoms include:
- high fever, chills and sweating
- sore throat
- headache, muscle and joint pains, and
- a cough.
Seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended and free for all people who are at high risk of a poor outcome after contracting the influenza infection. This includes:
- Adults 65 years and over (annual health check is recommended. Contact your GP to arrange free vaccine)
- Pregnant women at any time during pregnancy
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people 15 years of age and over
- Residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities (Contact your GP to arrange free vaccine)
- Any person from six months of age and over with a condition predisposing them to severe illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalization, such as people with
- Cardiac disease
- Chronis respiratory disease
- Impaired immunity
- Chronic neuromuscular disease
Please speak to your child’s pediatrician or treating doctor regarding these recommendations.
The Fluvax vaccine will be available at all public sessions during April - May 2013:
- for residents over the age of 10 years
- at cost $25.00 per dose or free to those at high risk not required to see GP (see above)
- EFTPOS payment ONLY at sessions
- No booking required
Corporate Flu Immunisation
The Yarra Ranges Council Immunisation Services team can visit your workplace to protect your staff from this highly contagious virus which will reduce illness and absenteeism. To receive more information or to book our service please phone 1300 368 333 or email.