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Influenza Vaccinations

Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal. Influenza immunisation prepares and boosts your immune system to help you fight the influenza viruses circulating each year. Get immunised early before the flu season starts. The vaccination is free for those people most at risk.

Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal. Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition. Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse.

Even if you do not end up in hospital, influenza can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from doing work, sport or just about anything that requires leaving the house.

Influenza immunisation prepares and boosts your immune system to help you fight the influenza viruses circulating each year. Immunity against one strain of flu virus will not necessarily protect you against another.

Almost everyone can benefit from the protection of annual influenza immunisation but the vaccine is especially important for people at risk of serious complications from influenza including:

  • Pregnant women

  • People with an ongoing health condition like asthma, diabetes, or a heart or lung condition

  • People aged 65 years or over

Influenza spreads very easily and up to 1 in 5 of us come in contact with influenza every year, even if we do not get sick. By immunising against influenza you can protect yourself and lessen the chance of bringing it home to a baby, older relative, or someone with a medical condition who could develop serious complications from influenza.

Get immunised early before the flu season starts.