CCQ Flu FAQ for the 2023 Season
With autumn in full swing and a noticeable nip in the air, now is an opportune time to book in for your annual flu shot. Influenza can have a significant impact on vulnerable members of our community. This includes the elderly, Indigenous Australians, pregnant women and young children who can get their 2023 flu shot for free.
Getting your flu shot in Queensland has never been more convenient! 2023 Flu vaccinations are available for Queenslanders aged 6 months and above at your nearby GP or participating pharmacy.
We’ve put together the following FluFAQs to provide answers to any questions you may have about the flu shot.
Although flu can strike any time, it usually peaks in August, however the flu is circulating earlier in QLD this season. To maximise protection during this period, it's recommended to get vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available in April/May. The vaccine is most effective for 3 to 4 months following vaccination.
Certain medical conditions mean you are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, so you should get your annual flu shot. Aways consult with your health professional. However, certain medical conditions such as cardiac disease, Chronic respiratory conditions, chronic neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions and diabetes are just some of the medical conditions associated with an increased risk of influenza disease complications. Flu vaccines are free for people with these conditions.
Yes. It's important to get a flu shot once a year, starting at 6 months of age, to protect yourself against the flu virus.
Children under nine years receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month. If your child has already received a flu shot previously – then they only need one.