The winter 2022 period will be the first time Australia will be managing both COVID-19 and the influenza season.
Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Sonya Bennett has issued a statement encouraging all Australians able to get vaccinated for influenza to do so.
The Australian Government, through the National Immunisation Program (NIP), provides a free seasonal influenza vaccine for groups at higher risk of complications from influenza.
These groups include:
- pregnant women
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
people aged 65 years and older
people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that predispose them to severe influenza
children aged between 6 months and less than 5 years.
Read the full statement.