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 are eligible for free flu vaccine at their GP or local pharmacy. Be sure 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 are also running free flu vaccination community 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.
The flu 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 flu at www.flu.tas.gov.au.