Lots of families have received the annual flu vaccine.
25 June 2020
Car windshields are getting frostier, the days have gotten shorter and the mercury, in the morning, is dipping below zero.
This means that the influenza season has well and truly arrived.
Many Canberrans have already received their flu shot, but if you haven’t it’s not too late.
Getting vaccinated will help protect you and your loved ones from influenza this winter. And while the flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, it will help you avoid getting both viruses at once, whilst also protecting vulnerable members of our community.
It’s safe to go to your doctor’s surgery, an ACT Health Early Childhood Immunisation Clinic (6 months to under 5 years) or a pharmacy (10 years and older) to get the vaccine, as they have procedures in place to allow for physical distancing. However, it’s a good idea to call ahead to check if they currently have the vaccine in stock as levels can vary across providers.
Dr Mel Deery from YourGP@Crace says she’s seen lots of families come in to get the annual flu vaccine.
“We have never before given so many flu shots at our practices. We are seeing many people choose to receive it for the first time. There is usually a rise of influenza in the cooler months, with a peak around August or September. So, if you haven't had your flu shot yet, but have been considering it, now is a good time to come in. It is a great way of looking after your health and will help protect your loved ones.”
The influenza vaccine is free for:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
- Pregnant women
- People aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions
- Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
Some immunisation providers may charge a consultation fee for administering the vaccine - you should check this at the time of booking.
For more information visit health.act.gov.au.