Flu Vaccine Supply Shortage

The campaign for more people to be vaccinated with the flu vaccine has been a victim of its own success.  There has been an unprecedented demand for the flu vaccine this year, and this has created a nationwide shortage.  East Ringwood Clinic will periodically update this post as we receive supply.  Due to the volume of inquiries, staff are not in a position to reserve vaccines for specific patients – they are dispensed on a first come first serve basis.

 

Government funded vaccines for Over 65’s

Available

Free influenza vaccine is available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for older adults (65+).

The is no private supply of the flu vaccine for over 65’s.  A standard flu vaccine is an alternative (but less optimal) option.

 

Government funded vaccines for 18 – 64 year olds

Available

Free influenza vaccine is available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for people in the following risk groups:

  • Indigenous Australians (6 months to <5 years and 15+)
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that can lead to complications from influenza (such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, chronic neurological disease, renal and metabolic disease, and impaired immunity).
  • All children 6 months – <5 years.

If patients do not wish to wait for government stock, they may choose to purchase a private vaccine (if available).

 

Government funded vaccines for 3 – 17 year olds

Available

Free influenza vaccine is available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for people in the following risk groups:

  • Indigenous Australians (6 months to <5 years and 15+)
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that can lead to complications from influenza (such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, chronic neurological disease, renal and metabolic disease, and impaired immunity).
  • All children 6 months – <5 years.

If patients do not wish to wait for government stock, they may choose to purchase a private vaccine (if available).

 

Government funded vaccines for under 3 year olds

Available

Free influenza vaccine is available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for all children 6 months – <5 years.

If patients do not wish to wait for government stock, they may choose to purchase a private vaccine (if available).

 

Private vaccines for 18 – 64 year olds

Available

Anyone over 6 months of age wishing to avoid influenza infection may be vaccinated.

 

Private vaccines for 3 – 17 year olds

Available

Anyone over 6 months of age wishing to avoid influenza infection may be vaccinated.

 

 

 

 

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