Influenza (flu) is a serious disease and each year in NSW some people get very sick, may need hospital care or may die. The influenza vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
The NSW Health department has developed a toolkit to help with communication about the risks of flu and to encourage people to get vaccinated.
The toolkit contains important information, updates and reminders including:
- the flu shot is available for everyone aged six months and over through GPs and from pharmacies for those aged five years and over
- vaccination is free for those at higher risk of severe illness from flu. Some providers may charge an administration or consultation fee
- maintaining general hygiene behaviours, like staying home if you feel unwell, wearing a mask in crowds and indoors, meeting outside and regularly washing or sanitising your hands, can help reduce the risk of catching the flu.