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Stay well this winter

Protect yourself and others from the flu and COVID-19

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Winter is here. Now is the time to protect yourself and others from the flu and COVID-19. It’s important to get vaccinated even if you’re fit and healthy. In fact, vaccination is the most effective way to lower your risk of getting very sick if you get the flu or COVID-19.

Protect yourself from the flu

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged six months and older, and are available through GPs and pharmacies*.

Some people have a higher risk of severe illness from flu and are eligible for a free flu vaccine under the National Immunisation Program. They include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from six months of age
  • children from six months to under five years of age
  • people with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • pregnant women
  • people aged 65 and over.

Protect yourself from COVID-19

Remember to keep up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are aged 16 and over, your COVID-19 booster is due three months after your second dose.

An additional COVID-19 booster dose (or ‘winter booster’) is also recommended for those at higher risk of serious illness.

If you have had COVID, you can have your next dose three months after infection.

Visit your GP to get your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in the same appointment - it’s safe and convenient.

COVID-19 information for GPs, residential aged care facilities and the community.

*vaccination through pharmacies are only available to those aged 10 years and over

Reduce the spread of flu and COVID-19 this winter

If you have any flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, it’s important to stay at home and get tested. Even if you get a negative RAT result, stay home until you feel well again.

If you need advice call HealthDirect on 1800 020 080. If you need medical attention, see your doctor or local GP respiratory clinic. Tell them about your symptoms prior to your visit and wear a mask.

You can also help reduce the spread of flu and COVID-19 by:

  • social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly
  • cough and sneeze into your sleeve instead of hands

Influenza resources and information