4 strain flu vaccine is available. For those who are not eligible for the free vaccine, the cost is $10.
The flu virus presents as fever, aches and sore throat may develop suddenly and last for about a week. The virus attacks your respiratory system such as the nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. In some cases complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis may occur resulting in hospitalisation. In extreme cases complications from the flu can lead to death. People with underlining medical conditions should get the flu shot every year, as they are most susceptible to complications.
Pregnant women should receive the vaccine because they are in the high risk group for complications, but also because their newborn will be covered by the shot for the first 6 months of life.
The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone from 6 months of age who wishes to be protected against influenza.
Free flu vaccine is available for:
Aged 65 years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 15 years of age
Pregnant women, Anyone aged 6 months and over with one or more of the following medical conditions:
heart disease, severe asthma, chronic lung condition, chronic illness, diseases of the nervous system