Flu vaccination urged as extended season approaches

MEDICAL professionals have forecast an extended influenza season and are urging Fraser Coast residents to be prepared by getting vaccinated.

House Call Doctor chief executive Wayne Ormond, whose company services the Fraser Coast, said the four strain "quadrivalent" vaccination was the best bet to ward off the illness.

"Last year we saw an extended flu season until October and November, I think this season will be even bigger," he said.

Last year, the Brisbane and Phuket strains of the virus contributed to higher than usual numbers of reported cases, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service public health physician Dr Margaret Young said.

Two types of vaccinations are available this year, a three and four strain, but only the latter covers both viruses.

The three strain, available now, protects against the California, Hong Kong and Brisbane viruses, while the four strain, available in the next coming days, covers the three already listed plus the Brisbane virus.

For those who don't want to visit their general practitioner for the shot, the jab can be administered at some chemists across the Fraser Coast.

Prices range from about $9.99 for the three strain shot to about $30 for the four strain.

Bookings are required.

WHERE TO GET THE JAB

 Urraween's Priceline Pharmacy on May 11.

Three strain, $9.99; four strain, $19 when in stock.

 Pialba Stockland's Terry White Chemist on April 21.

Three strain, $25.

 Kawungan's Chemmart Pharmacy, anytime.

Three and four strain vaccinations are $25.

 Urangan's Optimal Pharmacy, anytime.

Three strain $25, four strain $30.

 Maryborough's Good Price Pharmacy, April 21.

Four strain only, $19.99.



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