Influenza vaccine

Influenza vaccine

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

It is recommended for people aged 6 months and over.

The government Influenza vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for the following;

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • 6 months to 5 year old children
  • Women during any stage of Pregnancy
  • 65 years and older
  • People aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions making them more at risk of serious disease

Children under 9 years of age who are receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time are required to have 2 doses spaced by a minimum of 1 month apart.

New seasonal influenza vaccines are available from about April yearly.

The highest level of protection occurs during the first 3 to 4 months after receiving the vaccination therefore it is advisable to receive the vaccine prior to the peak flu season to be protected. The peak flu season is generally between June to September.

Possible side effects

It is possible that you may experience some minor side effects following the vaccination with most symptoms being mild and only lasting a couple of days.

The most common side effects following the vaccination include

  • Mild flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Injection site tenderness/swelling

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