Flu Season: When to Vaccinate

26 Mar 2018

With the upcoming flu season approaching, it is vitally important that Australians understand the importance of immunisation. More than 1100 people across the country died from the flu last year, with most of them over the age of 65 years.

Don’t vaccinate too early

The timing of your annual flu shot is critical to ensuring you have the highest level of protection when the flu season arrives. Rushing out to receive the flu vaccination too early may put people at risk, warns LGH infectious diseases specialist, Prof Katie Flanagan.

“Protection from seasonal influenza vaccination starts to wane after several months, so vaccinating early in the year may mean not being protected throughout the flu season,” she said.

The flu season typically affects Australia from June to September, with the peak being August. There are growing concerns that some vaccine providers are already advising patients to receive their flu vaccinations, but Australians are encouraged to consult their GP about when to get the annual flu jab.

Enhanced new vaccines for over 65’s

In direct response to last year’s terrible flu season, people aged 65 years and over will benefit from two new ground-breaking vaccines that are being made available this year through the National Immunisation Program.

There are two new trivalent (three-strain) vaccines called FLUAD and FLUZONE that work in over 65’s by generating a stronger immune response compared to previous year’s vaccines. They are therefore more effective for this age group in protecting against influenza, both thought to be equally effective.

Make Your Flu Shot Count

Become a Vaccine Trial Participant and contribute to important medical research. We’ll provide your Influenza and Whooping Cough Vaccines for Free!

We need research volunteers who are:

  • 65 years and above
  • Or 20-50 years old
  • In good health
  • Not had influenza vaccination this year

 

For further information, please contact a Clifford Craig Research Nurse:

Phone 6777 6001

Mobile 0474 516 022

Email research@cliffordcraig.org.au