Protect yourself against flu this winter

  • Get a flu shot
  • Stay at home if sick
  • Sneeze into your elbow
  • Clean your hands

An annual flu shot is your best protection

Flu shots are free for:

  • children from 6 months to under 5 years of age
  • people with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 6 months of age
  • people who are 65 years of age and over.

Speak to your GP, pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service about getting your flu shot today.


The flu shot and COVID-19 vaccines

The flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together at the same time.

Although the symptoms are similar, flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses. It is important to protect yourself and the community from both illnesses.

Read more about the seasonal influenza vaccination 2022 program or COVID-19 vaccination in NSW.

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Resources are available to help protect yourself and your community

Free flu shots for children aged 6 months to under 5 years

All NSW children aged from 6 months to under five years of age will be offered free influenza shots.

About influenza

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It is more serious than a common cold. In 2017 more than 650 people died in NSW from influenza related complications.

This year’s influenza vaccines have been updated to provide the best possible protection. By getting a flu shot you’re protecting yourself and the community from serious illness.

Learn more with the flu fact sheet and flu FAQs

Help track Flu near you

FluTracking is an online community-based health surveillance system to detect influenza epidemics. By taking part, you’ll not only be contributing to scientific research, you will be helping to track influenza in your local community and nation-wide.

Current as at: Friday 29 April 2022
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