Flu Vaccination Fact Sheet
Vaccination against flu is the best way to protect you and your children from flu and any associated illness. To protect yourself from the flu, you should get vaccinated every year. The flu virus is always changing so the flu vaccine changes too.
Seasonal influenza vaccines are available to eligible people for free from mid-April 2018 under the National Immunisation Program. This includes children with medical conditions such as asthma, low immunity or diabetes, pregnant women and people aged 65 years and over. For all others there is a small fee attached but worth every cent when you have peace of mind that you have that element of protection.
The more people who get the immunisation, the better chance we have of reducing the incidence and spread of influenza within our community (Community Immunity).
- Wash your hands regularly with warm soapy water.
- Flu is very contagious and can spread when people who have it cough and sneeze. The virus can also live on hands and objects that have been in contact with a sick person’s mouth or nose. Encourage family members to wash their hands regularly, particularly after coughing and sneezing.
- To minimise the chance of spreading your child’s flu to other people, keep your child away from child care, preschool or school while they are sick.
- Vaccines are developed every year to immunise people against common strains of flu virus. If you want your child immunised against flu, talk to your doctor. The flu vaccine is not 100% effective, but it does reduce the chance your child will get sick with flu.
- The flu vaccine is safe for all children.
This page was last updated: May 2018