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Winter is coming – prepare yourself against the flu

Canberrans are being urged to get vaccinated against influenza to limit the number of flu cases across the ACT this winter.

Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris said flu vaccinations were the best way to curb your family’s risk of suffering from influenza during the Canberra winter.

“Each year the vaccine is designed to match the circulating virus as much as possible, which is why annual vaccination is necessary for immunity,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“The influenza vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for the following people:

65 years of age and over,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years and over,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to less than 5 years,
Pregnant women, and
Anyone aged six months and over who has a chronic condition placing them at increased risk of complications from influenza.

“The influenza vaccination is also highly recommended for all healthcare providers, childcare workers and others who live or regularly come into contact with a person who is at high risk of complications.”

General practices and child health centres have supplies of the funded vaccine for those listed under the National Immunisation Program. People not eligible, can access the vaccine on private prescription from GP surgeries and some pharmacies.

Visit the ACT Health directorate’s website for information on influenza. For more information on getting immunised, contact your GP or the Immunisation Information Line (02) 6205 2300 or email immunisation@act.gov.au.

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