Now is the time to get your flu shot

In Victoria, an annual vaccination against the flu is free for: 

  • all Victorian children aged six months to less than five years of age
  • people who have medical conditions that put them at risk of serious complications of the flu
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
  • pregnant women – at any stage of pregnancy
  • people 65 years and over.

Remember:

  • Influenza is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year.
  • Immunising people who are at risk of complications from the flu is the most important way we have to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths.
  • Influenza immunisation is recommended for all people from six months of age.
  • People who work or live with people who are at risk of serious complications should also be immunised to avoid spreading the flu.
  • The vaccine cannot give you a dose of flu because it does not contain any live virus.

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People who should be immunised against the flu:

People with an underlying medical condition or reduced immunity are most at risk and should be immunised against the flu. They include: 

  • anyone aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
  • people aged six months or older with:
    • heart disease
    • chronic lung disease (including people with severe asthma who require frequent hospital visits)
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • impaired immunity
    • haemoglobinopathies (blood disorders caused by genetic changes)
    • diabetes
    • kidney disease
  • children on long-term aspirin therapy aged 6 months to 10 years.

Immunisation is also recommended (but not necessarily free) for people who can put vulnerable people at risk of infection. People who work with or live in close contact with people who have an underlying medical condition or impaired immunity should also be immunised to minimise the spread of the flu to themselves, the people they work or live with and their families. These people include:

  • health care workers who provide direct care to people
  • people with Down syndrome 
  • people who are obese (BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2)
  • people who are addicted to alcohol 
  • people who are homeless
  • residents in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
  • staff in long-term care facilities or nursing homes
  • people who live with, or care for someone who has a chronic illness or is aged over 65 years
  • carers of homeless people
  • workers, particularly those in workplaces that provide essential services
  • people who work with children
  • people involved in the commercial poultry and pig industry
  • workers in other high-risk industries
  • anyone visiting parts of the world where flu is circulating, especially if travelling in a group.

Some workplaces run annual immunisation programs for staff.

Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/flu-influenza-immunisation