Flu (Influenza) Vaccinations
Help build #Immunity4Community and make sure you and your family get your free flu shot today. With no vaccine for COVID-19, it is more important than ever to have a flu shot to stay healthy and strong this flu season. The flu shot protects you and your family against the strains of flu that are most active each year. Play your part to protect your community and keep the hospitals available for those who need it most.
Immunity 4 Community Youth Poster Competition
The AH&MRC held the Immunity 4 Community Poster Competition to promote the importance of everyone getting the flu shot this year. Four young and talented artists were selected as the Immunity 4 Community Poster competition by AH&MRC’s Cultural Group. The posters will be used to design promotional material for AH&MRC’s flu vaccination campaign in the years to come!
“Hello, my name is Siena Bhuiyan and my tribe is the Anaiwan tribe, but I live on the lands of the Dharawal people.
My inspiration for this artwork is the Aboriginal nurses and the winter season. Our Aboriginal nurses play a very important role when it comes to Aboriginal health issues. They are the friendly faces that remind us of all our mothers who look after our wellbeing from the very moment we are created.
I use bright and vibrant colours to show the warm and friendly environment we can experience when getting our flu shot and I use symbols like gathering of tribes and water hole with the raining of dots to show we are now in the winter season. The winter season is here now, and we all need to be careful especially now with COVID 19.” – Siena Bhuiyan
“My name is Cody Delaney, I am 19 years of age and I have Autism. Art helps me connect to other people and my culture.
Both my posters represent that you should not be afraid of getting the flu shot, it doesn’t just protect you, it protects the whole community.
I am the quad great grandson of Mary Jane Cain; double great grandson of Eliza Josephine Delaney (Cain). Kamilaroi Nation of the Warrumbungles, Burra-Bee-Dee. Now living in Tharawal Country. My favorite health provider Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service, Airds, Campbelltown.”
“My name is Ella-Skye Beetson and I am six years old, from Chifley Public School which is on Dharawal land.
My dad and I drew this picture together and I coloured it all by myself. This picture is about a mother who takes her daughter to the doctors to get her immunisation, to stop her from catching something which will make her sick, and pass her sickness on to other kids in our community.
My mum has done this for my brothers and sisters, as well as myself. The doctor gave the little girl a lolly after her needle because she was brave and didn’t cry. My doctor does that for me when I’m brave.” – Ella-Skye Beetson
“My name is Skylah Simms I am 5 years old.
I go to Chifley Public School which is on Dharawal Land.
My drawing is about immunisation and how you have to have needles to be safe for germs. My nan takes me and my brother to get our needles, cause we live with her and she wants us to be healthy.” – Ella-Skye Beetson
Who should get the flu shot?
EVERYONE over the age of 6 months should get the flu shot including:
- Pregnant Women
- People living with chronic health conditions
This will build #Immunity4Community and help reduce the risk of spreading flu in your community this Winter.
Is the flu shot free?
Yes. The flu shot is available free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 6 months of age.
Why should I get a flu shot?
The flu shot is your best protection from getting sick with the flu. It helps you build immunity to strains of the virus that will be most active this flu season. Vaccination also helps to prevent more serious sickness if you catch the flu and helps prevent the spread to others in your family and community.
Where can I get the flu shot?
You can get the flu shot from your local AMS or doctor. Bring your family along for theirs too. Make sure you call ahead and check your AMS has flu vaccinations in stock.
When is the best time to get the flu shot?
The best time to get the flu shot is mid-April when the updated flu shots become available each year. Getting the flu shot early will help to protect you for the remainder of the flu season.
Ask for your free flu shot during an appointment or call and schedule a time for you and the whole family to visit your local AMS.
Top 3 Myths About the Flu:
Myth: The flu shot can give me the flu
Fact: The flu shot cannot give you the flu. It is not a live vaccine. Some people experience mild symptoms after the flu shot – this is your body developing immunity to the virus. Or some people are unlucky and catch the flu, before the flu shot begins to work.
Myth: I had a flu shot last year, I don’t need one this year.
Fact: The flu virus changes and evolves all the time. The vaccine is updated every year to fight the most active and common flu viruses, so you should get a flu shot each year to protect yourself.
Myth: Healthy people do not need a flu shot.
Fact: Anyone, young or old, can get sick with the flu. Together, we can build #Immunity4Community, and we ask everyone to get their flu shot. Getting the flu shot can help all community members. When you get vaccinated you, help slow the spread for everyone and contribute to #Immunity4Community.
Flu Shot for Healthcare professionals
All Health Care Workers should receive a flu vaccine each year to protect them and their patients from flu. Let’s aim towards complete coverage of AMS Health Care Workers receiving their annual flu shot in 2020.
Seasonal Influenza Preparedness Toolkit
All Aboriginal people over 6 months of age are eligible for free annual influenza vaccine through the National Immunisation Program. AH&MRC recommends aiming for broad uptake of influenza vaccine in our communities to prevent the impact and spread of flu. Elders, pregnant women and people living with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of serious sickness from flu and should be supported to vaccinate against flu each year.
The AH&MRC Seasonal Influenza Preparedness Toolkit provides practical advice for our Members on preparing and responding to the annual flu season.
Flu vaccines during COVID-19
This year there is anticipated high demand for flu vaccines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The flu vaccine does not prevent COVID-19 but plays an important role in reducing the impact of flu on the health system during this pandemic. Elders and people living with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of serious illness from both influenza and COVID-19.
NSW Health has produced advice about enhanced infection control procedures for vaccination clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic, available on their website. There is also specific advice for drive-in flu vaccination clinics.
Please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can better support you to deliver the flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t forget Pneumococcal vaccination
Aboriginal people over 50 years of age or younger and living with certain chronic conditions are eligible for free vaccination against Pneumococcal disease. Please see the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more information.
To educate your community and to stop the spread of misinformation, share these deadly flu facts with your networks.