Keep up to date with flu and COVID vaccinations

Make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations ahead of flu season

As winter approaches, Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) is encouraging residents to stay up to date with recommended flu and COVID-19 vaccinations to protect themselves, their family and the community.

Public Health Unit Director Dr Kat Taylor said the two vaccines could be given at the same time.

“Priority groups are encouraged to book in now for their free influenza vaccine, ahead of the flu season,” Taylor said.

“While everyone aged six months and over is urged to get their influenza vaccine as soon as possible, it is particularly important for those at higher risk of severe illness from the virus.

“The influenza vaccine is free for priority groups, including children aged six months to under five years, people aged 65 and over, Aboriginal people from six months of age, pregnant women and those with serious health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, severe asthma, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease.”

Taylor said all adults could get a 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster if it’s been six months or longer since their last COVID-19 booster or confirmed infection (whichever was most recent).

It is recommended for: all adults aged 65 and older; adults aged 18-64 who have complex medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, or disability with significant or complex health needs; and children and adolescents aged 5-17 who have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19.

She said residents should stay home if they had cold or flu symptoms and wear a mask in crowded, indoor places.

Central Coast Local Health District