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Your Best Shot Against The Flu

The flu has landed. It’s here and it’s going to hang around a while, so give yourself a fighting chance against it by making an appointment to get your flu shot today. Private Vaccines are now available.

If you and your family haven’t been caught by the flu yet, all the doctors at The Hills Medical encourage you to book in for a flu shot as soon as possible. If you have concerns or health issues that prevent you from having a flu shot, be sure to discuss these with your doctor. Regretfully, despite the obvious need, patients should note that there is no special vaccine against Man Flu.

What’s in my flu shot this year?

The Hills Medical is awaiting Government stock for the 2016 Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccine, we believe supplies will flow from Mid April. This year, four flu viruses are included in your flu shot. They were reviewed and selected for our part of the world by the experts on the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) and accepted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

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Are you eligible for a free government-supplied flu shot?

If you mention it to our reception staff, we can organise your flu shot at no cost to you if you qualify within any of the eligible groups:

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant women, at any time during their pregnancy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to under five years and 15 years and older
  • any person over six months of age with a condition predisposing them to severe influenza illness requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation, including children aged six months to 10 years undergoing long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with:

— cardiac disease
— chronic respiratory conditions
— immunocompromising condition
— diabetes and other metabolic disorders
— chronic neurological conditions
— renal disease
— haematological disorders
— Down syndrome and fall under one of the above categories
— obesity defined as a body mass index (BMI) = 40 kg/m2 and fall under one of the above categories
— chronic liver disease and fall under one of the above categories
— residents of aged care facilities and long-term residential care facilities and fall under one of the above categories.

Information sources: Better Health (Victorian State Health Department) and Victorian State Health Department (both accessed 16 April 2015)