Flu Vaccine

 

Stay healthy this flu season
 
This season has seen a more nastier variant of the flu than ever before. Protect yourself early. Ensuring flu vaccinations are up to date is crucial to minimise the time lost through illness, impacting the enjoyment and costs of travel.
 
What is Influenza?
Influenza, or the flu, infects your respiratory system such as the nose, throat and lungs. The flu mainly spreads by coughing, sneezing, talking, and by touching a person’s hands, surface or object. It can cause mild to severe illness, causing complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, leading to death.
 
Free Vaccine
The program starts on the 15 March. Annual influenza vaccination is provided free through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to groups who are at an increased risk of influenza complications.
This includes:

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • Anyone aged 6 months and over who has a chronic condition placing them at increased risk of complications from influenza

 

Things You May Not Know

  • There is no live virus in the flu shot
  • The composition of the vaccine changes every year
  • The flu shot is safe for pregnant women at all stages of their pregnancy.
  • The shot is not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
  • If your child has a chronic medical condition, she/he is at increased risk of severe flu or complications from flu

 

Being sick is no fun.