Here’s why you should get the 2017 flu vaccine in August.
Each year the Australian Government’s Department of Health make the flu vaccine available for free for those most at risk from influenza and its complications.
The vaccine remains the best and most effective way to prevent the flu and potential related illnesses.
The groups most at risk from influenza who are eligible for a free vaccine are:
- people aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- very young children
- and those with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma.
The 2017 flu vaccine has been available since April this year from GP surgeries and other immunisation providers. Often, pharmacies and hospitals will arrange to give the vaccine on certain days as well. Bear in mind that while the vaccine itself is free if you fit the criteria above, your GP may charge a consultation fee for the appointment.
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