Last winter over 90,000 people in NSW were struck down by flu making it the worst flu season since the 2009 pandemic.
Most cases occurred in Sydney with over 42,500 people affected last year. The worst hit areas were Western Sydney, Nepean-Blue Mountains and South West Sydney local health districts, where more than a third of the state's flu-ridden people were treated.
Winter is coming! Talk to your GP about a flu vaccination before it's too late.
Children, the elderly and people with some pre-existing medical conditions, are more vulnerable to serious complications from the flu. Children can receive the flu vaccine from the age of six months, and this year, two new vaccines have been developed to provide better protection for people aged 65 years and over.
Free flu vaccines are available to eligible people from mid-April under the National Immunisation Program. Flu vaccines are available from GPs, community health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Service, and other vaccination providers in the area.
The following groups are eligible for a free flu vaccine under the National Immunisation Program:
- all pregnant women
- all children aged six months to less than 5 years
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza
- all people aged 65 years and over
You can also use your My Health Record to keep track of your immunisation history. My Health Record is a safe and secure online summary of an individual’s health information that can be shared with GPs specialists, and other healthcare providers.