Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious and sometimes fatal illness. It’s different to the common cold and different to COVID-19.
Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged six months of age and over to protect yourself and the people around you.
When should I get the 2022 flu vaccination?
Flu vaccine is now available in Tasmania. It is best to have a flu vaccine from mid-April.
There is no interval required between the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine - you can get your flu vaccine at the same time. You can speak to your GP or health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about getting your flu vaccine at the same time as a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Where can I get the 2022 flu vaccine and how much does it cost?
Flu vaccination is available from GPs and most local pharmacies. People at greater risk of severe illness from influenza can get free vaccine. Speak to your GP, healthcare provider or local pharmacy to book an appointment. People at greater risk and eligible for free flu vaccine are:
- All children aged between six months and five years
- All adults aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women (at any stage in your pregnancy)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from six months of age
- All people over 6 months of age with selected medical conditions
This year the Tasmanian Government will also be running free flu vaccination clinics for certain people at greater risk. People eligible for a free flu vaccine through state-run clinics also include :
- People with disabilities, their family/household members and disability support workers
- workers in residential aged care facilities, in-home and community-based aged care, and family/household members of older people.
- People in rural and remote areas without access to vaccination providers
- Workers in other critical industries:
- Food, agriculture, aquaculture
- Education and early childhood education and care
- Freight, logistics and manufacturing
- Emergency management (including prisons and correctional facilities)
Learn more about state-run flu vaccine clinics including dates and locations.
Flu vaccination is also available through many workplace programs and some local council immunisation clinics.
What does the flu vaccine protect against?
A flu season happens every year. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of severe illness from seasonal flu, including the need for hospitalisation. The 2022 vaccine protects against the strains of influenza that experts predict will potentially have the most impact in Australia in 2022.
Influenza vaccine does not protect against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Where can I get more information about seasonal flu and vaccination?
You can get more information about seasonal influenza at www.flu.tas.gov.au.