The Australian Government, Department of Health instigated the Immunise Australia Program which funds the purchase of vaccinations to protect millions of Australians from vaccine-preventable diseases. Their website has readily accessible information on all vaccines including influenza.
An Annual vaccination is the best way of preventing the flu and any associated illness. You should get the flu shot every year because the flu virus is constantly changing. Every year, the flu vaccine changes too, so it protects against the flu strains which are most likely to be around during that winter.
There is now evidence that the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine wanes over time and it’s important to be protected when the flu is most common. Ask your doctor for advice on the best time to receive your vaccination.
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