- 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
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.
2019 Influenza Vaccine:
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 - like virus (A/Michigan/45/2015 X-275)
- A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2) - like virus (A/Brisbane/1/2018 X-311)
- B/Phuket/3073/2013 - like virus (B/Phuket/3073/2013; Yamagata lineage)
- B/Colorado/06/2017 - like virus (B/Maryland/15/2016 BX-69A; Victoria lineage)