Central Coast Local Health District is encouraging people to roll up their sleeves for
the flu vaccine, to protect themselves and the community this winter.
CCLHD Acting Director of Public Health Paul Byleveld said flu is a serious illness and
is already circulating in the community alongside COVID-19.
“Winter is a time when we spend more time indoors, which increases the risk of
catching viral illnesses, so it’s important to take precautions,”
“With our borders open again, flu is around for the first time in two years so your best
protection this winter is to get a flu vaccination and stay up to date with your COVID19 vaccinations,” he said.
It is recommended everyone six months and older gets a flu vaccine but particularly
those in high risk groups, as the virus is extremely contagious and potentially deadly.
It is safe to have both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time.
“If it’s time for your COVID-19 booster, make the most of your appointment and
speak to your GP about having the flu shot too,” said Dr Byleveld.
- The flu vaccine is free for high risk groups including:
Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 6 months of age
- People aged 65 years and over
- People with serious health conditions (including diabetes, serious heart, lung,
kidney or liver disease, immunosuppression and obesity)
Contact your GP or pharmacist to book an appointment to get vaccinated. While the
flu vaccine is free for those at higher risk of severe influenza, some providers may
charge an administration or consultation fee. Ask your GP or pharmacist if this
applies to you.
- Everyone is urged to take simple precautions to protect each other, such as:
- Stay at home if you are sick and avoid close contact with other people to
protect yourself and the community from flu and COVID-19.
- Sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often.