Lets Talk: Influenza

Help protect your friends and family with a flu shot.

This year it is more important than ever to get your flu vaccine. 

Influenza is the cause of thousands of hospitalisations each year in Australia. 

Your flu vaccination may not only keep you well but reduce the chance of you or your family being exposed to the flu.   Your flu shot will also help you do your bit to reduce pressure on the health system.

Influenza develops suddenly and can lead to complications such as chest infections and Pneumonia, especially in the most vulnerable members of the community, the elderly and young children.

The most common symptoms of the flu virus are:

  • Tiredness
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose

These symptoms generally resolve within 2 weeks, but make sure to seek your General Practitioners opinion if you have any underlying medical conditions, as the flu can lead to worsening symptoms.

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms/fever and you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days or have been in close contact with someone who has, please call your doctor or 13HEALTH.

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people ≥6 months of age. The vaccine contains no live virus, is safe throughout all stages of pregnancy and can even protect your unborn infant.  

The National Immunisation Program funds flu vaccinations for all children 6 months to < 5 years and all adults 65 years and older.

The period of peak influenza circulation is typically June to September in most parts of Australia. Whilst protection with the vaccine is generally expected to last for the whole season, optimal protection occurs within the first 3 to 4 months after vaccination.