Fears vaccination won't stop flu
MISINFORMATION about special influenza vaccines developed for people aged over 65 years has led to some older people fearing State Government-funded immunisations would not offer full protection, Darling Downs Public Health Unit director Penny Hutchinson has said.
"These concerns seem to stem from circulating misinformation that these vaccines are inferior to other vaccines (recommended for younger people) because they contain one less strain,” Dr Hutchinson said.
"There are two new influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years and over.
"These new vaccines have been specifically designed to protect older people against influenza A which is more common and severe in this age group.
"The strain missing from these new vaccines isn't generally a problem in older people as most already have some immunity to this strain.
"There is no evidence that having both vaccine types is beneficial and it is not recommended. Only one dose of influenza vaccine is funded.
"These vaccines are now available through GP surgeries and I urge all people in this age category to speak to their GP about getting the vaccination as they are some of the members of the community who are more at risk of complications from the flu.”