It’s not just for me in 2024

Following an intense and deadly flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, the Australian Government and peak medical groups like the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) are strongly advocating that all who can, get vaccinated in 2024, as early as possible (1).

Influenza is most prevalent in the Southern Hemisphere each year between April and October. It is considered a highly contagious respiratory illness that typically presents with any or all of the below symptoms:

– Sneezing

– Sore Throat

– Headache

– Body aches and pains

– Chest discomfort / cough

– Exhaustion, fatigue and/or weakness

– Fever

Why get the 2024 Flu Vaccine?

Every year getting the flu vaccine is important. However, this flu season with Covid-19 variants and new viruses emerging that will cause complications when contracted with Influenza; it’ll be even more important to remain hygiene vigilant and get vaccinated.

An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all Australians aged 6 months and older as the vaccine changes from year to year to account for new strains.  The Australian Influenzas Vaccine Committee (AVIC) has recommended the following viruses be included for the 2024 southern hemisphere influenza season, with the inclusion of two new virus strains (2):

Egg-based quadrivalent influenza vaccines:

–  A/Victoria/4897/2022 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;

– A/Thailand/8/2022 (H3N2)-like virus;

– B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victorialineage)-like virus ; and

– B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.

Is it safe?

Yes – all vaccines in Australia are registered with the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) and have to meet certain standards before being approved as safe and effective by the TGA.

What is the cost of getting the 2024 Flu Vaccine?

2024 Free Flu Vaccination Program

All Queensland residents over the age of 6 months can access the influenza vaccine for free in 2024 at their local General Practice.

Funded by the Queensland government, the 2024 Free Influenza Vaccination Program has now commenced. The Program will conclude on 30 September 2024.

To book a flu vaccination for yourself and your family please contact our reception team on 07 3036 2678 or book an appointment online.  And if you’re a local business looking for a corporate flu vaccination program, please contact our Practice Manager by calling reception or emailing manager@highgatehilldoctors.com.au  so the individual needs of your organisation can be discussed and quoted.

Please note: if you are unwell / have respiratory symptoms please speak to your GP / Practice Nurse before proceeding with the vaccine to ensure its safety.

– Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Ausdoc– Chance of early flu season in 2024.

Link – https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/gps-warned-to-brace-for-another-early-flu-season/

Recommendations  for the composition of influenza vaccine for Australia in 2024 | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

– Link – https://www.tga.gov.au/resources/publication/meeting-statements/aivc-recommendations-composition-influenza-vaccines-australia-2024

– Australian Government Department of Health 2024. Influenza (flu) immunisation service.

Link – Influenza (flu) vaccine | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care