FACT SHEET: FLU VACCINATIONS - Belmont - Providence Medical Group
The Flu Season is coming – are you ready?

What is Influenza?

  • Commonly known as Flu.
  • Highly contagious respiratory illness that spreads easily, mainly through sneezing, coughing, and touching contaminated surfaces.
  • Influenza virus changes frequently, where one different strain dominates each year.
  • It is a common trigger for CROUP, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and myocarditis (infection of heart muscles).
  • More than 3000 deaths and 13,500 hospitalisations are due to influenza each year among Australians aged over 50 years.
  • It is especially dangerous for elderly people, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and very young children, as well as people with underlying medical conditions.

Who should have the vaccination?

  • Yearly influenza vaccination is recommended for any person aged 6 months and over unless contraindicated.

You are eligible for Commonwealth Funded quadrivalent vaccination (free) if you are:

  • Aged 6 months and over with medical risk conditions
  • Pregnant
  • Aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal aged 6 months to < 5 years
  • Aboriginal aged 15 years and over

Safety of the Flu vaccination

  • There is no live virus in the flu shot, therefore you won’t get influenza from the vaccination.
  • The flu shot is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy.
  • You can still safely receive the flu vaccination from a doctor even if you have egg allergy.


Call Providence Medical and Dental – Belmont today to make an appointment for your flu shot.