Why get immunised against the flu?

The flu (also called influenza) is a very contagious infection of the airways. It is especially serious for babies, people over 65 years old and pregnant women.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by the flu.
By getting vaccinated against the flu, you can also help protect other people, especially people who are too sick or too young to be vaccinated. The more people who are vaccinated in your community, the less likely the disease will spread.

Who should get immunised against the flu?

Anyone who wants to protect themselves against the flu can talk to one of our GPs about getting immunised.
You should get a flu vaccine every year. This is because the most common strains of the virus that cause the flu change every year. The vaccine also changes every year to match these strains.

Flu immunisation is recommended every year for:

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged between 6 months and 5 years, and 15 years and older, for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
– people aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease, for free under the NIP
– pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy, for free under the NIP- people aged 65 years or over, for free under the NIP
– all children over 6 months and all adults- women who are planning a pregnancy
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 to 15 years- people who live or work in aged care homes or long-term facilities- homeless people, and the people who care for them
– healthcare workers- people who live or work in the same household as – someone who is at high risk of serious disease from the flu
– people who work in early childhood education and care
– people who work in the chicken or pig industries, if there is an outbreak of bird flu or swine flu
– people who are travelling overseas.

Call us on 0478957890 to discuss getting your 2019 influenza vaccine.