10 May Help stop the flu in 2022
Vaccination is our best defence against influenza viruses. Even fit and healthy people should get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and help to stop the spread of influenza. This vaccination prepares your immune system to fight influenza viruses as it uses parts of killed viruses to create an immune response following vaccination. The flu vaccine cannot give you influenza because it does not contain any live viruses. The immunity provided by the vaccine can protect you from becoming sick if you get exposed to influenza in the community. This immunity can also reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick.
Who should receive the influenza vaccine?
Everyone six months and older is recommended to get an influenza vaccine each year.
Some people in our community are more vulnerable to the influenza virus and can suffer more serious complications from influenza. These people are eligible for free influenza vaccination through the National Immunisation Program:
– People aged 65 years and over
– Pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
– All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
– All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
– People aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications.
If you are not eligible for a free vaccine, you can also purchase an influenza vaccine. Speak to your GP or other immunisation providers for more information.
Why do I need the influenza vaccine this year if there was hardly any influenza last season?
This year, it’s even more important to get the flu vaccine. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been reduced circulation of influenza virus and lower levels of influenza vaccine coverage compared to previous years. With borders reopening a possible resurgence of influenza is expected.
When should I get vaccinated?
Getting vaccinated every year before the peak influenza season (typically June to September) is recommended. However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated as influenza can spread all year round.
Where can I get vaccinated?
You can get vaccinated at our Timboon Clinic by calling 5558 6088 to make an appointment.
Let’s continue to work together for a healthy community and stop the flu in 2022.