Get a flu shot

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

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.

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