Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus.
There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your mob from flu.
The best way to avoid flu this winter is to get a flu shot. FREE flu shots are available for all Aboriginal people aged 6 months and over. This is because Aboriginal people are at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. .
Flu shots are especially important for pregnant women and can help protect the baby for the first few months of life.
Book an appointment for a free flu shot today with your doctor, pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service. Pharmacists can administer the flu shot to children aged 5 and over. Parents with children aged under 5 years should see their doctor.
Let your doctor or nurse know you identify as an Aboriginal person when you ask about your free flu shot
Some providers may charge an administration or consultation fee. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or Aboriginal Medical Service if this applies to you.
To protect yourself and others from flu, you can do the following: