Thinking about getting the 2016 flu vaccine? Here’s what you need to know ; The Conversation article by CRE Chief investigator Prof Raina MacIntyre

Date Published:
28 Apr 2016
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Thinking about getting the 2016 flu vaccine? Here’s what you need to know

Up to one in ten adults and three in ten children are infected with influenza each year.

The vaccine we have used for decades, the trivalent vaccine (TIV), protects against three strains of flu. But in 2016, for the first time, the publicly funded vaccine program will offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine (QIV), which protects against four instead of three strains of flu.

The seasonal influenza vaccination is now available at GP clinics and pharmacies. For those not eligible for the free vaccine, it will cost around A$9-$15 for the TIV and A$12-$25 for the QIV, plus the cost of the consultation if your GP doesn’t bulk bill.

 

So, what strains do these vaccines protect against? Who should be vaccinated? And, if you’re paying, what additional benefit does the new QIV have?

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