Stop the spread of colds and flu

Reminder: Keep your family healthier this winter

Did you know the flu shot is free for children from 6 months to under 5 years old?

Colder days and chilly nights have set in and flu season is here. A flu shot is the best prevention, but there are some simple steps to keep you and your family healthier this winter and stop the spread of flu.

Influenza (commonly known as flu) is much more serious than a cold and spreads easily. In 2017, over 650 people died in NSW from the flu.

As children’s immune systems are still new, they are at risk of developing severe flu infections like pneumonia and bronchitis that could require hospitalisation.

An annual flu shot from May is your child’s best protection against flu. The flu shot is safe and does not give your child the flu.

Free flu shots are also available for pregnant women, Aboriginal people from 6 months, people 65 years and over, and people with medically at risk conditions, such as severe asthma, diabetes and cancer.

A flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu, but don’t forget these simple healthy hygiene helps tips to prevent the spread of flu this winter:

  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough of sneeze
  • Stay at home if you’re sick

Wash your hands frequently. Talk to your doctor or health worker for more information, or visit health.nsw.gov.au/flu

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