NSW Health is urging the community to book in for their influenza vaccine as the state’s flu season has now begun, with the latest data indicating influenza notifications have continued to increase.
More than 1,200 people in NSW were diagnosed with influenza during the past week, 9 April to 15 April, a 13 per cent increase compared with the previous week.
At the same time, there was also an increase in the number of people who presented to NSW emergency departments with influenza-like illness and required admission to hospital – the greatest increase has been in children.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said now is the time to book in for your influenza vaccine.
"Everyone six months and older is recommended to get a flu vaccine and these are available through GPs for any age group, as well as through pharmacies for everyone aged five years and over," Dr Chant said.
"In particular, we want to remind priority groups that the flu vaccine is free and readily available – so please, book in today to give yourself the best possible protection from severe illness that can be brought on by influenza."
Priority groups include:
Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
All adults can get a 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster if it’s been six months or longer since their last COVID-19 booster or confirmed infection (whichever is most recent) for additional protection against severe illness from COVID-19. More advice on COVID-19 booster vaccines can be found on the NSW Government website.
We can all take steps to help protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 and flu, including:
More information on Influenza can be found on the NSW Government website.