Over 120,000 people in NSW were struck down with the flu in 2017 & 2018. 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, four different influenza vaccine brands are being supplied under the Program for people aged under 65 and an enhanced vaccine is being supplied for those 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:
- people aged 65 years and over
- pregnant women
- children under 5 years old
- Aboriginal people
- medically at risk groups
NSW Health provides an Influenza Factsheet with further information and resources about getting a flu shot now available. Important information is also available within this brochure or watch the video, about how to protect your baby from whooping cough – vaccinate for free when pregnant. 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.
Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy
Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza. Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine.
Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery and even death in newborns and very young babies.
Pregnant women can have the vaccine at any time during pregnancy and they benefit from it all through the year.
The following videos provide more information about flu vaccination during pregnancy.
1. Flu vaccination and pregnancy – What pregnant women need to know
2. Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Vaccinate against flu. Protect your baby too
For further information visit the Immunise Australia website.
* http://www.health.gov.au/flureport ^https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/infectious/influenza/Pages/default.aspx