When’s the best time to have a flu shot?
Now’s the time to have the flu vaccine from April onwards so that you’re well vaccinated to prevent influenza during the peak flu season, which is June, July, August and September.
Last Reviewed: 14/04/2020
In 2020, all Australians should get a flu vaccine as early as possible, as the COVID-19 pandemic converges on our flu season.
Flu increases the risk of a heart attack
Getting the flu is unpleasant - but it can increase your risk of a heart attack, too.
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.
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?