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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 there is no required timeframe to wait between the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines. This means if you have a COVID-19 vaccine planned for a similar time to your Influenza Vaccine they can be co-administered (given on the same day).

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.

2023 Influenza Vaccine:

Egg-based quadrivalent vaccine

  • an A/Sydney/5/2021 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus

Further Information:

AIVC Recommendations for the Composition of Influenza Vaccines for Australia in 2023 | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2023 southern hemisphere influenza season (

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