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Jul 19

2018 Flu Vaccination

It is the time of year where people start to get sick from the flu. At Proserpine Medical Centre our aim is primary care. As a part of this you are able to book in to see one of our doctors to obtain your flu shot.

Some information about the flu shot is listed below:

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) has reviewed and evaluated data relating to recent influenza isolates circulating in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Based on this review, the AIVC has recommended that the TGA adopt the September 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for the strains to be covered by the 2018 seasonal influenza vaccines. Details of the strains were announced on the TGA website on 18 October 2017.

The following four strains are contained within this year’s flu vaccine:

A(H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015(H1N1) pdm09 like virus
A(H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016(H3N2) like virus
B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus
B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008 like virus