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Get your flu shot this winter

Free flu vaccination

Free flu vaccinations are available to all NSW residents over the age of 6 months from 1 June 2022 to boost immunity for the winter season.

You can also get your COVID vaccine booster at the same time if you are over 65 or have certain chronic health conditions.

Book your flu shot today

Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. Both flu and COVID-19 are circulating in the community. It is important to protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated.

Speak to your General Practitioner (GP), pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service about getting your flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Protect your whole family with the free flu vaccine this winter. 

Free flu vaccines will be available to all NSW residents over the age of six months from 1 June 2022 to boost immunity for the winter season.

The free flu shots will be available at GPs and pharmacies from 1 June until 30 June 2022. Take this opportunity to protect yourself against serious illness. 

Please note: some providers may charge an administration or consultation fee.

The flu vaccine is already free for those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from the flu. This includes: 

  • 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.

Pharmacists can now administer flu vaccines to children aged 5 and over. Parents with children aged under 5 should see their GP.

Make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist to get vaccinated.

Why do I need a flu shot?

Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory illness that is more serious than the common cold. Each year, people in NSW die from flu-related illness. 

You can catch flu at any time of the year, but activity usually peaks in winter. Although the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses.

There are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk of catching or spreading flu and COVID-19 to others this winter. Protect yourself and the community by getting both vaccines.

An annual flu shot gives the best protection

You need to get a vaccination annually because flu viruses change (mutate) year to year. Flu vaccines are updated each year to provide protection against the flu strains likely to circulate in the coming flu season.

By getting a flu shot, you are protecting yourself and your loved ones from serious illness.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together

The flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together, at the same time. Many people who are eligible for a free flu vaccine will also be eligible for a winter COVID-19 booster. Ask your doctor whether you need additional protection against COVID-19.

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