Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is responsible for major outbreaks of respiratory illness around the world, usually in the winter months. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which often require hospitalisation.
The flu virus is especially dangerous for elderly people, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and very young children, as well as for people with underlying medical conditions.
Vaccination offers effective protection against influenza, although vaccines need to be given each year as flu viruses are always changing.
National Immunisation Program 2016 seasonal flu shot
The 2016 flu shot will be available in April from GP surgeries and other immunisation providers.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait people aged six months to less than five years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 15 years and over
- Pregnant women
- People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.
To receive your influenza vaccination, please call Karalta Road Surgery on 4365 2983.
For more information regarding the Flu Vaccine or for a list of common questions, please visit: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza or talk to your GP.