Get your flu vaccination to keep you, your family and community safe!
22nd April 2022
It’s extra important this year for everyone to get their flu jab, with health authorities expecting a resurgence of influenza in 2022 as borders are re-opened and COVID-19 restrictions continue to be eased.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (which represents GPs) and the Consumer Health Forum say people should get their flu vaccination – and get their vaccination early – warning we could have a potentially ‘monster’ flu season ahead.
Annual vaccination should ideally occur before the onset of each influenza season, which usually occurs from June to September.
The local Public Health Unit has recommended flu vaccination occur from mid-April/May onwards.
Distribution of flu vaccines to GPs, Aboriginal Medical Services, pharmacies and NSW Health facilities began last month to provide protection before the peak of the expected season.
The annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months or older.
It’s free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for children aged six months to five years and adults 65 years and over, as well as pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with certain medical conditions.
Please note: the flu vaccine does not provide protection against COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine does not provide protection against the flu. You need to have both vaccines, which can now be given on the same day.
If you haven’t already had your booster, why not book your booster and your flu vaccine at the same?
- If you’ve got questions about flu vaccination, there’s lots of information on the FAQs page on the healthdirect website
- Visit the Department of Health website to learn more about the flu
- Read a statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on winter season preparedness
- NSW Health is urging parents to get children under five vaccinated against flu. Read more
Take care and stay safe!