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2018 Flu vaccine now available!

After a long wait, we now have plenty of flu vaccines available. We have plenty of public and private vaccines available.

Quadrivalent vaccines are available for all patients between the ages of 3 years – 65 years. A junior quadrivalent vaccine is available for infants 18 months to under 3 years.

Quadrivalent (four strain) vaccines have the following strains:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
  • B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

The enhanced Trivalent (three strain) vaccines are available for patients 65 years and older for free. They are not available for patients under the age of 65.  Strains included are:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

Vaccines are available for free for:

  • all children between 18 months and 5 years
  • allover the age of 65 years
  • pregnant women
  • confirmed asthmatic
  • confirmed diabetic
  • 55 years or over Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

For all other patients not in the above category, flu vaccines are available for $20.00 each. For patients over 18 years, who have visited DMC before, you may be able to “cut the queue” and see the nurse without having to see a doctor (depending on availability). Our doctors will also check when you see them if you would like a flu shot while you are in consultation with them.

For those on the flu vaccine arrival list, we are now working through the list and calling all patients who have been waiting. Thanks for your patience!

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