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Flu Shot 2022



Get your flu shot today

Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus.

Both flu and COVID-19 are circulating in the community. It is important to protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated.

Speak to your General Practitioner (GP), pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service about getting your flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Pharmacists can now administer flu vaccines to children aged 5 and over. Parents with children aged under 5 should see their GP.

Make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist to get vaccinated.

Some people are eligible for a free flu vaccine because they are more vulnerable to flu:

  • children from 6 months to under 5 years of age
  • people with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 6 months of age
  • people who are 65 years of age and over.

Please note: some providers may charge an administration or consultation fee. Ask your GP or pharmacist if this applies to you.

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine, your GP or pharmacist will charge you a small fee. The fee may vary between providers.

Why do I need a flu shot?

Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory illness that is more serious than the common cold. Each year, people in NSW die from flu-related illness.

You can catch flu at any time of the year, but activity usually peaks in winter. Although the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses.

There are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk of catching or spreading flu and COVID-19 to others this winter. Protect yourself and the community by getting both vaccines.

An annual flu shot gives the best protection

You need to get a vaccination annually because flu viruses change (mutate) year to year. Flu vaccines are updated each year to provide protection against the flu strains likely to circulate in the coming flu season.

By getting a flu shot, you are protecting yourself and your loved ones from serious illness.

General Practitioners (GPs) and pharmacies start to offer the flu vaccine around April/May each year.

For those eligible, the free flu shot can be accessed through your GP or Aboriginal Medical Service. If you are 65 years and over, you can also go to your local pharmacist. Make an appointment today to get vaccinated.

If you are not eligible to receive a free flu vaccine, you can purchase the vaccine from your GP or pharmacist for a small fee. The fee may vary between providers.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together

The flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together, at the same time. Many people who are eligible for a free flu vaccine will also be eligible for a winter COVID-19 booster. Ask your doctor whether you need additional protection against COVID-19.

Source: www.nsw.gov.au

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Australia’s Immunisation Registers

This update provides information on the work being undertaken to expand the scope of Australia’s two existing immunisation registers; the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program Register, to improve vaccination coverage rates across the entire Australian community.

What changes are being made to the registers?

  • From 1 January 2016, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) will broaden to capture immunisation information for young individuals under the age of 20 years, enabling
    implementation of the Australian Government’s No Jab, No Pay measure. The ACIR currently records vaccinations given to children aged less than seven years.
  • From September 2016, the ACIR will expand further to become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to capture all vaccines administered throughout a person’s life (birth to death), given through General Practice and community clinics. This will include all vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program, as well as private vaccines given through general practice.
  • This whole of life register will be ready to support the zoster virus vaccine being available on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for 70 year olds (including a catch up programme for 71-79 year olds), which is planned for November 2016. Other vaccines funded for adults under the NIP, which include seasonal influenza vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine, will also be captured by the AIR.
  • From the 2017 school year, the HPV Register will be expanded to become the Australian School Vaccination Register (ASVR), which will capture all adolescent vaccinations given through school programmes. Vaccines to be recorded include varicella (chickenpox), the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) booster, and the HPV vaccine. This will provide tools such as recall and reminder systems to improve adolescent vaccination rates.

    What are the benefits of these changes?

  • Expansion of the registers will broaden and improve immunisation data capture. This will lay the foundations for future work to move towards one integrated system, that captures and reports on all vaccines given in Australia from birth to death, providing one ‘front door’ for consumers and vaccination providers.
  • This is an important step to improve immunisation rates overall, by better understanding the current coverage of vaccines. At present, the coverage of vaccines given to adults is not well understood as there are no comprehensive national data collected for these vaccines.
  • Vaccination providers will have secure access to a range of due and overdue reports, which will allow them to monitor vaccine uptake in both young children and older Australians. This will help to identify areas of low coverage within Australia and enable targeted effort and information to boost immunisation rates in these areas.
  • Individuals will have access to a record of all vaccines recorded in the AIR and ASVR.

    Information on the No Jab, No Pay measure and register expansions will be updated on the Immunise Australia website at www.immunise.health.gov.au

  • The information in the above were collected from the internet,
    either from government websites or from reasonably reliable health information sources.
    They are for general information only and should not replace the need of seeking medical care during illnesses.

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