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Influenza (flu) vaccination is available through your Pharmacist Vaccinator for adults over 13 years. The vaccination is subsidised by the government if you are over 65 years, pregnant or have an eligible health condition. If you aren’t eligible for a funded vaccine, you can still get your vaccine through pharmacy for a fee. Influenza vaccinations will have a staggered start again this year. From April 14, adults 65 years and over will be vaccinated with a vaccine that has been formulated specially for this population (Fluad Quad). After a week, other people eligible for a free vaccine will be able to be vaccinated. From April 28, vaccination will open to include the rest of the population (using Afluria Quad).
Immunity from the flu vaccine is expected to last for three to four months, so April to June are the best months to be vaccinated to allow the vaccine to work at it's peak during the flu season. As the immunity wears off and the strains of virus mutate each year, it is important that you have the flu vaccine each year. In 2021, three out of the four strains in the vaccine are different from those in 2020 in accordance with recommendations from the World Health Organisation.