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Most Australians will benefit from having a yearly flu vaccination. Getting vaccinated against flu involves having an injection, which is usually given into the upper arm. A nurse or doctor can give the injection, which only takes a few seconds. Some people refer to it as a ‘flu jab’.
Flu vaccines are generally given around the start of winter to give you protection over the flu season. The vaccines change each year, based on predictions of which flu strains will be most active in that coming winter.
When to get a flu vaccine
In most parts of Australia, the influenza season (the time of year when most people get flu) happens between June and September. Getting immunised at the beginning of winter is usually recommended to give you the best chance of being protected against flu throughout winter and at the peak of flu season (around August). That’s because you have the highest immunity for the 3 to 4 months after having a flu shot.
As it’s possible to be infected at any time of the year, you can be vaccinated after winter, providing that year’s flu vaccines are still available. This is particularly relevant to overseas travellers and pregnant women wanting protection from influenza.
Remember, it’s important to get re-vaccinated every year to protect yourself against the common strains of flu virus that are circulating that year.