Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease, usually prevented by vaccination and treated by managing symptoms. Spread by body fluids from infected people, symptoms include a runny nose and sore throat. Flu can affect anyone but is especially serious for babies and older people.
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over.
Under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), if you meet one of the following categories you’ll be eligible for a free vaccine:
- Ages 6 months to less than 5 years
- Ages 65 years and above
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (cardiac disease, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, renal disease, haematological disorders, and children aged 6 months to 10 years taking long-term aspirin therapy).
Alternatively, private vaccines are available at Doctors of Northcote for $22.
Annual flu vaccines usually arrive early April. Once stock arrives, appointments will become available online.