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Get the Flu Shot Before the Flu Gets You

The 2016 new four-strain flu vaccine, protecting against the nasty Brisbane virus, is now available at Collins Street Medical Centre.

2016 Flu Vaccine - Get the flu shot before the flu shot gets you

The 2016 southern hemisphere seasonal flu vaccine will contain FOUR seasonal influenza strains. Previous years have had 3 strains (tri-valent). Due to enhanced coverage, CSMC is only providing the quad-valent flu vaccine.

CSMC have scheduled a number of Practice Nurse Flu Clinic sessions from 
Monday 11th April - Friday 13th May.
Book on-line now and get in early to avoid the flu season. We recommend vaccination before the end of May 2016 to ensure the best coverage.

The flu vaccine does not provide long-lasting immunity - so you need to be vaccinated each year. 

2016 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Reminder for April

Collins Street Medical Centre will have private flu vaccine stocks available for those not eligible for government funded vaccinations.

Quad-valent flu vaccine 4 strain coverage  ~    $19

The quad-valent flu vaccine components for the Australian 2016 Flu season will contain the following:
  • A/California/07/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (A/California/07/2009 X-179A)
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014(H3N2)-like virus (A/HongKong/4801/2014 X-263B)
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus(B/Phuket/3073/2013)
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Brisbane/60/2008)

If you are over 65 or have a chronic disease or pregnant, you may be eligible for a government funded flu vaccine. These will also be available for eligible patients.

Influenza (flu)

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is responsible for major outbreaks of respiratory illness around the world, usually in the winter months. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which often require hospitalisation.

The flu virus is especially dangerous for elderly people, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and very young children, as well as for people with underlying medical conditions. It is estimated that each year, flu contributes to an average of 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years.