It’s important to get a flu shot

With the 2020 flu season not far away, people should arrange vaccination against seasonal influenza. This is really important for people in vulnerable groups including young children, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged six months and older, and people with chronic or underlying health issues, and comprised immune systems.

People should speak to their doctor, pharmacist or aged care provider to arrange a flu vaccination over the coming weeks. It’s okay to leave your house to get vaccinated unless you have been directed to isolate.

Vaccinating against the flu will reduce the risk of a very dangerous double-up of flu and COVID-19, with both diseases affecting the respiratory system.

Whilst flu vaccination does not prevent against COVID-19, a flu vaccination is critical to protecting the general health of Australians from influenza.

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Who is eligible for a free flu shot?

Free flu vaccines are available under the National Immunisation Program for vulnerable people, including:

  • all children aged between six months and five years
  • pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged six months and older
  • people aged 65 years and older
  • people with chronic / underlying health issues, and comprised immune systems.

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Where can I get the flu shot?

Many practices across the region are starting to deliver flu vaccinations via pop-up clinics in a bid to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19.

Contact your usual general practice, Aboriginal Medical Service, community health centre or pharmacy to make an appointment as soon as possible. 

Please note: It is not recommended for people to arrive unscheduled for a vaccination. Please contact your doctor and make an appointment in advance.

 

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How can I protect myself against the flu?

  • schedule a flu shot appointment
  • wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water
  • sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  • stay at home when you are sick.

For more information, visit NSW Health or call a 24/7 helpline: