New vac­cine com­ing

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - news -

A STRONGER strain of the flu vac­cine will be avail­able to GPs later this month and be free for peo­ple aged 65 and over, preg­nant women and peo­ple with chronic dis­eases such as asthma and di­a­betes.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will fund two new vac­cines this year – Fluad and Flu­zone High Dose – free for high-risk peo­ple.

Park Med­i­cal Group se­nior GP San­jeev Balakr­ish­nan said those aged 65 and over were the big­gest ca­su­al­ties of the flu last year when many peo­ple got the vac­cine too early.

“Last year the vac­cine was given early, so by the time win­ter was here we be­lieve most peo­ple had lost im­mu­nity to the flu in­fec­tion,” Dr Balakr­ish­nan said.

“If we de­lay vac­ci­nat­ing pa­tients it will lead to op­ti­mum an­ti­body out­comes.”

Dr Balakr­ish­nan rec­om­mended peo­ple get the vac­cine in late April or early May.

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Dr San­jeev Balakr­ish­nan ad­min­is­ter­ing the flu vac­cine.

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