Happened to be at the doctor yesterday…unexpected visit…and asked the question about timing.
The dr indicated that the current flu vaccination has just come out and the dr indicated that they are waiting for their supply…which should arrive in the coming fortnight.
The dr a l so said it sppears that some chemists appearred to have advanced supply (or maybe it it is more about marketing and getting one to signup for a vaccination and then wait until the vaccination is available).
I enquired about the 3-4 month effacy and he said not to worry about this for a number of reasons including…
- Australians can start getting the flu in May/June (if not earlier in some seasons). Leaving it later can increase ones risks in the emerging stages of the flu season, Particularly for high risk individuals.
- For a healthy individual, the effacy period of the flu vaccination is a greater than the quoted 3-4 months. There are some individuals which may have lower effacy times, but this is not the norm. The 3-4 months is quotesd as the minimum peak protection period to cover those individuals who may only have short effacy periods…to better manage their risks
My particular dr recommended having the flu shot after easter/around the end of April to cover oneself for a earlier start to the flu season. The dr also said that he has no concerns in relation to the effacy period for myself and the flu vaccination should protect me for the whole of the 2019 winter flu season.
Others possibly should slso discuss this with their own drs so they can get advice on their own risks and needs.