The 2019 flu season has already recorded triple the amount of diagnosed cases than compared with the same time last year. With many fearing another 2017 season that saw more than 48,000 Victorians diagnosed with influenza.
Free vaccinations will be available to anyone in these categories under the National Immunisation Program:
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people
- Anyone with a chronic condition
- Under the age of 5 or over the age of 65
With Victoria’s Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos urging, “You never forget the flu, so don’t forget your flu shot. Coming down with the flu is not like catching a cold. It hits you quickly and hard, and it can last for weeks. And for some people, it can be deadly.”
Flu symptoms can include a sudden high fever, headache, body aches and feeling extremely weak or tired. For children, the elderly or people with a weakened immune system, the flu can have devastating outcomes.