WITH the State Government reporting more than 6400 cases of influenza so far this year, significantly more than in previous years, more vaccination clinics are being made available to the public.
Kilmore District Health, KDH, has opened a flu vaccination clinic to those eligible from 8am to 2.30pm on Mondays and 2pm to 8.30pm on Thursdays.
The eligibility criteria for the KDH clinic is as follows: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged five years and older; pregnant women; people aged 65 years and older; people aged five years and older with medical conditions putting them at risk of severe influenza, including cardiac disease, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic neurological problems, immunocompromising conditions, and metabolic disorders.
The clinic is located at the KDH Outpatients Building at 1 Anderson Road, Kilmore.
To book, people can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0459 436 642 between 9am and 1pm Monday to Saturday, or 6pm to 9pm Tuesday to Thursday.
Influenza cases have risen from 4792 registered for the entirety of 2020 and 110 in 2021.
Community pharmacists are also now able to administer the seasonal flu vaccine to anyone aged five and older.
By allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines, 600 new vaccine providers have become available.
Minister for health Martin Foley said getting the flu vaccine would now be much easier.
“This will be the first time in two years, that Victoria will face a real flu season – this change is about making it even easier for busy mums and dads to get their kids vaccinated from the flu,” he said.
“So next time you’re at your pharmacy, roll up your sleeve and get vaccinated against the flu, it not only protects you but also those around you.”
Pharmacists will now also be able to administer the Japanese encephalitis, JE, vaccine to eligible people, with staff previously trained to administer the COVID-19 vaccine now also able to provide the influenza, JE, and COVID-19 vaccines.
Health officials say both COVID-19 and influenza vaccines can be safely administered at the same time.
With COVID-19 and influenza circulating, it is important for anyone with cold and flu symptoms to get tested for COVID-19 and remain at home until symptoms have resolved.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for seven days from the date of their result.