The flu isn’t like the common cold - it is highly contagious, hits quickly and can last for weeks. It can result in time off work or school, and time away from family and friends.
For children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, the flu can have devastating effects. Everyone should get an annual flu shot during the peak flu season (June to September) to protect themselves and their family.
There are many immunisation sessions to choose from. No appointment is needed and the fee is a nominal $25.
The Victorian Government will fund free influenza vaccines for:
- all children aged between six months to less than five years
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months plus
- pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
- all people aged six months plus who have medical conditions like severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity, or diabetes.
- all adults aged 65 years plus.