Influenza (flu)

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Influenza, commonly known as ‘flu’, is a highly contagious viral infection. Influenza infections can occur at any time throughout the year, but the number of cases usually increases during the winter months, often referred to as the ‘flu season’. Influenza virus is spread person-to-person from coughs and sneezes and can cause life-threatening complications.

Annual influenza vaccination is your best protection against the flu!

Each year the influenza vaccine changes to match the strains of flu expected to be circulating that year.  To better protect you and your family from the flu, it is important to be vaccinated every year.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 month and older. Talk to your doctor, selected pharmacies (if you are 10 or older) and other immunisation providers about getting vaccinated.

For more information about the flu and how to stay healthy this winter visit our Winter wellbeing and the flu pages.

Page last updated on: 14 May 2020