Vaccination against the flu remains important this year. The flu is a highly contagious viral infestation that can cause illness. Behaviours such as increased hand washing, mask wearing when appropriate and social distancing can help to stop the spread of germs. Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months and over.
Between 1 June and 30 June, all Victorians aged six months and over are eligible for the free flu vaccinations from their GP or pharmacist. This will help boost vaccination coverage and avoid more hospitalisations throughout winter.
Those always eligible for free influenza vaccines include:
- Children ages 6 months to 5 years
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged six months and over
- People aged six months and over with certain medical conditions that increase chances of severe influenza and its complications
- Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
- People aged 65 years and over
Influenza (Flu) VS COVID-19 Vaccines
Whilst Australia is delivering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters nationally, it’s important to keep up the good hygiene practices to not only help prevent COVID-19, but also the Flu.
The Australian Government Department of Health currently provides this advice about receiving both the COVID-19 vaccine and Influenza vaccines:
- COVID-19 vaccines and the flu vaccine have been approved to be administered on the same day, you no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccines.
- There is no particular requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Masks are still required on public transport and in ride-share services, and in airports and on aircrafts.
Do you need help getting your COVID-19 vaccination?
If you need help getting your COVID-19 vaccine or to get proof of your vaccination, Amicus will assist you.
We can help you by:
- Providing information on the COVID-19 vaccine
- Providing locations of clinics to get your COVID-19 vaccine
- Assistance to arrange an appointment with your GP if you have questions
- Help to book your appointment
- We can support you to attend the appointment
Amicus is calling every participant to offer support. If we haven’t called you yet and you would like help, please call your Amicus Pathways Team on 5441 2666.