- 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.
2020 Influenza Vaccine:
- A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09 - like virus;
- A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2) - like virus;
- B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.