Our annual influenza (flu) immunisation program is underway. You can go to any of our immunisation sessions or take advantage of our dedicated flu immunisation sessions.
All sessions are by appointment only. This helps us manage attendance numbers and follow social distancing requirements.
Who can get the free flu vaccine?
- People aged from 6 months old to 5 years old.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 6 months and older.
- Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy).
- People aged 65 years and older.
- People aged 6 months and older with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of severe influenza and its complications.
If you don't qualify for a free flu vaccine, you can still go to one of our immunisation sessions and pay for one. The cost is $25 per person.
The flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine
It's recommended that you wait at least 7 days between your flu vaccination and your COVID-19 vaccination. This is a precautionary measure to manage the common side effects that come with many vaccinations.
It's also important to remember that the COVID-19 vaccine does not protect against the flu, so it’s still important to get your annual flu vaccination.
For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Health's website.
Why get the flu vaccine
The flu isn’t like the common cold. It's highly contagious, hits quickly and can last for weeks. This means taking time off work or school and staying away from family and friends.
For children, older people, pregnant women and people with a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes.
The best defence against the flu is getting a flu vaccination. Everyone should get an annual flu vaccination to make sure they're protected during the peak flu season, which often runs from June to September.
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy says that severe allergic reactions to the current flu vaccination are rare, even for people with egg-allergy.