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.