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Flu vaccinations

  • You may be eligible to get the 2020 flu vaccine through our free immunisation program. This is funded by the Australian and Victorian governments through the National Immunisation Program.
  • The 2020 flu vaccine is now available through our program. See below for session details.
  • The flu isn’t like the common cold; it’s highly contagious and can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. Symptoms of flu can hit very quickly and may last for several weeks.
  • For information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Coronavirus home page

These people can get the free flu vaccine through our immunisation program, or a GP.

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years. (Please note: children in this age group who get a flu vaccination for the first time need 2 doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of 4 weeks).
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women (in any stage of pregnancy)
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications.

Those outside of these eligible groups can still receive the vaccine through a GP or pharmacy at a

cost. It would be best to call in advance to check availability and/or make an appointment.

  • Sudden high temperature (38o C or more)
  • A dry cough
  • Sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Feeling extremely weak or tired
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you’re sick, stay home if possible

The best things you can do are rest, stay at home and drink plenty of fluids. If you do need to see a GP, make sure you call ahead first.

For some people, taking antiviral medication early on can help lessen the effects of flu. Speak to your GP about whether you might need to take antiviral medication, especially if you’re in an at-risk group.

 

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