HELP STOP THE FLU IN 2022
This year it’s even more important to get the flu vaccine
What is influenza?
Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause widespread illness and deaths every year. Influenza viruses usually spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People may spread the virus before they know they are infected.
This year we are all more vulnerable to influenza due to lower recent exposure to the virus and lower uptake of influenza vaccines. With international borders reopening, it’s likely we will see more influenza in 2022.
Who should receive the influenza vaccine?
Everyone six months and older is recommended to get an influenza vaccine each year.
Some people in our community are more vulnerable to the influenza virus and can suffer more serious complications from influenza. These people are eligible for free influenza vaccination through the National Immunisation Program:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
- People aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications.
Practice patients can call us on 6772 2355 to make your booking.