How effective is the flu vaccine this year?
Whether you’re a first-time flu vacciner or have had flu vaccine on many occasions before, the flu vaccine definitely will reduce the likelihood of you having flu. How much it reduces the likelihood and how much it reduces the severity of you acquiring flu will vary from season to season.
Last Reviewed: 14/04/2020
Influenza - the flu
While a cold can make you feel under the weather, it’s not the same as the flu. Having influenza can make you feel miserable and tends to lay you flat for at least a few days, and often for a week or so.
In 2020, all Australians should get a flu vaccine as early as possible, as the COVID-19 pandemic converges on our flu season.
Vaccinations for older people
Older people should be vaccinated against influenza, pneumococcal disease and shingles - 3 common but potentially dangerous diseases. Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough boosters are also recommended.
Video: Flu awareness
This year by March there have been 6 times more cases of flu than at the same time last year. So how can you protect yourself and what should you do if you get flu?
There are treatments to help you feel better when you have flu. Which ones are right for you will depend on your symptoms and whether you are at increased risk of severe disease and complications.