Flu (Influenza) is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause widespread illness and deaths every year. It is a leading cause of hospitalisation for children aged under 5 years. Vaccination is our best defence against flu viruses and is free for children aged 6 months to under 5 years under the National Immunisation Program.
Increased hand washing and social distancing helped to stop the spread of flu viruses last year. However, flu could recirculate this season as we relax restrictions. Vaccinating yourself and your child against influenza this year is more important than ever as we lead into the colder months.
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Parent-friendly flu vaccination resources
Flu vaccination resources for parents are available from Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI). The resources answer common questions about flu vaccination.
You can find these resources and more on the SKAI for Parents website:
- General information for parents who are ready to vaccinate against influenza
- Q&A for parents who may have questions about influenza vaccination.
2021 flu vaccines through the NIP are available from GPs, community health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services and other immunisation providers in your state or territory.
To locate a service in your area you can search the National Health Services Directory at https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/australian-health-services.
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