Influenza, or flu, is the most common vaccine-preventable disease in Australia. Although it can be a mild disease, it can also cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people.
Getting a flu vaccination can protect both you and the people around you, particularly vulnerable people in the community who can’t be vaccinated.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is advised to get the influenza vaccine as soon as it is available.
Who can receive the free influenza vaccine?
Those at higher risk of serious health complications from influenza can get a free influenza vaccine.
You are eligible to receive the free government-funded influenza vaccine under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) if you are:
- aged six months to less than five years or
- of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, aged six months and older or
- pregnant or
- aged 65 years and older or
- aged six months and older with medical conditions such as:
chronic respiratory conditions
chronic neurological conditions
diabetes and other metabolic disorders
children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.
Now is the best time to get vaccinated
Your immunity is strongest and most effective 3 to 4 months after you are vaccinated. Flu season in Australia usually runs from June to September, peaking in August, so the best time to get your flu shot is in April or May.
To book your flu vaccine or find out more information on your eligibility, please call us at 9509 5922.
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