5 health tips for flu season:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your sneeze and cough
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get your flu shot today
Frequently asked questions:
- Q: Who should get vaccinated?
The Department of Health states "vaccination against influenza (the flu) remains important this year. Vaccination experts recommend influenza vaccination for all people aged 6 months old and over".
- Q: Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself. The benefits go beyond you too. Getting a flu shot also means you help to protect others, including those who are too sick or too young to be vaccinated, as well as vulnerable groups.
- Q: How much does it cost?
Flu vaccinations at Next Practice cost $20 out of pocket per person unless you are eligible for one of the free government vaccines**. The $20 charge covers the cost of the vaccine and the consultation is bulk billed. Non Medicare card holders will incur a consultation fee.
- Q: Who's eligible for a free vaccine**?
- A: Under the Government's National Immunisation Program, there are some people that are eligible for a free flu vaccine because they are most at risk. This includes:
- Children aged six months to five years
- Pregnant women
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- People aged six months and over with medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of flu complications
- Q: Where can I find additional information on flu vaccines?