The Importance of Flu Shots this year in 2022
Annual flu shots are the most important measure to prevent influenza and its severe complications such as getting hospitalised.
Flu shots are recommended for all people over 6 months of age. Flu shots are free for:
– People aged over 65 years
– Children aged between 6 months to under 5 years
– Medically at risk groups (eg, severe asthma, diabetes, heart disease etc)
– Pregnant women
– Aboriginal people
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been reduced circulation of influenza virus and overall lower numbers of people getting flu shots compared previous years.
With the return of international travel, and borders reopening, a return and resurgence of influenza is expected in Australia in 2022.
Some Northern Hemisphere countries have seen a concurrent surge of influenza and COVID-19 activity. Vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications.
All COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine.