Who should have the flu vaccination?
Dr Matthew Cullen, Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
As to who should have the vaccine, there are two ways to answer that.
The first is the Federal Government through the National Immunisation Programme provides a free vaccine to 5 groups of people. The first is anyone between the age of 6 and 5 years, any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over the age of 6 months, anyone who is pregnant, anyone over the age of 65 and anyone who has a significant or serious healthcare issue over the age of 6 months.
Aside from what the government funds, many people have the flu vaccine every year, and these include healthcare workers, people who are encouraged by their employer to have the flu vaccine, and I would in these times, with COVID-19 encourage all Australians to consider having the flu vaccine in 2020.
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.
Adequate vaccination is just as important for adults as it is for children. Find out about the diseases you should consider being vaccinated against.
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.
Travel immunisations are important in pre-trip planning to certain countries. Vaccinations that travellers may need include tetanus and diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid vaccinations.