Get a flu shot
A flu shot isn’t 100 per cent effective but it does offer protection, especially if you’re in a high-risk group (see Stop the Spread). If you’re severely allergic to eggs or mercury, or have had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine, see a GP before getting vaccinated.
Is it free?
In Australia it’s free for the 65s and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and those with medical conditions that increase the risk of complications from influenza, eg severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes. You’ll need a flu shot yearly as the virus strains change.
When should I get it?
Having the vaccine from April allows protection to develop well ahead of the peak transmission period, which is usually around July and August.