It important to get the influenza vaccine each year, as the virus changes each year. Annual vaccination is recommended for anyone six months of age and older, with those not eligible under the program able to purchase the vaccine privately. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely that the flu will spread in the community.
As influenza usually occurs from June, with the peak around August, vaccinating from end of April 2019 will allow people to develop immunity before influenza transmission is at its peak.
Those eligible for a free flu shot include;
* people 65 years and over
* pregnant women
* those who suffer chronic conditions as well as, for the first time
* all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from 6 months of age