May 2019 - Importance of timing for the Flu Vaccine

Updated: May 16, 2019

The peak of influenza activity usually occurs between June and September but infections can still occur year round. Optimal protection occurs within the 3-4 months following vaccination.

That time of the year has come again! We are now in autumn which means the dreaded flu season is just around the corner. Flu vaccines can be effective in preventing infection whenever they're given. However, evidence suggests that we only achieve the highest level of protection from the vaccine 3 to 4 months after being vaccinated.

In light of this, we have timed our Flu Vaccination Programme to commence in May with the aim to ensure you stay healthy and provide you with the best protection this winter.


Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged over 6 months, and it is strongly recommended for you to vaccinate if you are one of those at increased risk of influenza and its complications. Those eligible for flu vaccinations free of charge under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are:

  • All Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

  • All adults over 65 years

  • All people aged over 6 months with certain medical conditions (Please speak to our clinical staff to discuss if you are eligible for this free flu vaccine)

  • Pregnant women

Flu vaccines should be available at Leichhardt General Practice from May 2019. We will be running flu clinics over this busy time and this would be the perfect time to get your vaccination, providing optimum protection for you during the peak season.


If you have any questions regarding this please get in touch with our friendly reception at (02) 9561 0300



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