You are at greater risk to become seriously ill and should vaccinate yourself if you have any of the following illnesses or conditions, no matter how old you are:
- You have chronic heart or lung disease.
- You have neuromuscular disease, multiple disabilities or extreme obesity which affects your breathing.
- You have chrinic liver or kidney failure.
- You have diabetes.
- You are severely immunocompromised because of illness or medication.
You are at greater risk to become seriously ill and should vaccinate yourself if you are 65 years or older.
You are at greater risk to become seriously ill and should vaccinate yourself if you are pregnant.
Do what you can to reduce the risk. Get vaccinated in time.
A dependable vaccine
Many millions of people all over the world have been vaccinated since the 1940s. The influenza vaccine is a dependable vaccine and the best protection against influenza. The vaccine is adapted each year so that it can handle the latest virus. When you get vaccinated, you may feel tenderness and swelling around the site of the jab. Some people have a fever. The symptoms disappear within a few days.
It’s easy to catch the virus
It’s easy to catch the influenza virus. It’s spread through coughing and sneezing, or through close contact with an infected person. Common symptoms are coughing, high fever, headache and muscle and joint aches. You’re often sick for a week, but you can feel sick for a few more weeks after that.
Where can you get the vaccination and how much does it cost?
You can get the vaccine at your health clinic. If you belong to any of the risk groups, it’s free.
You can talk to your health clinic or call 1177 Care Guide.