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Influenza Information

  • Influenza or 'the flu' is a highly contagious disease that can be spread through coughing, sneezing and close proximity
  • Influenza is caused by a virus and is a serious illness especially in vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with a chronic disease
  • Annual vaccination is the most effective way to prevent getting the flu
  • 10 per cent of all workplace absenteeism associated with illness is due to influenza.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have both the COVID-19 & Influenza Vaccines?
Advice from Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that the preferred minimum interval between administration of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines and any influenza vaccine is 14 days. This is the current precautionary advice.

Is the flu a serious disease?

YES.  The flu is a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease. It is not the same as the 
common cold and has the potential to take up to a number of weeks to recover.

Can receiving the flu shot give me the flu?
NO. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu as it is not a live vaccine.

If I am young and healthy, do I need to be vaccinated?
YES.  Being fit and healthy does not prevent you from catching the flu.

2021 Influenza Vaccine:

Quadrivalent vaccine

  • A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09–like virus;
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • B/Washington/02/2019-like virus; and
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus.

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