It’s Flu season…AGAIN

April 29, 2024 by Anne Lloyde


It’s that time of year again and early indications are we are in for another ‘bumper’ flu season. Let’s also not forget the seemingly ever present and lingering COVID-19. So, it is important everyone has the most up to date information on what they should and should not do to safely get through the 2024 flu season! 

What – The Facts 

Influenza (also called flu) is an infection of the airways that is easily spread. It affects people of all ages and can be very serious for babies, young children, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions.  

Vaccination is a safe and very effective way to protect yourself and those around you from serious illness caused by influenza.  

Who – should be vaccinated against influenza? 

Yearly influenza vaccinations are given to protect against the most common strains of the virus. It is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over. It is important that you talk to your health professional about getting vaccinated. 

When – is the best time to be given? 

You should get your annual influenza vaccine anytime from April onward to be protected for the peak flu season, which is usually June to September. Influenza vaccination can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccination.  

And don’t forget – COVID-19 vaccination 

Yes, COVID-19 is still around (even though we may be tired of hearing about it), and it is important to be up to date with your vaccinations especially as we head into winter. Make sure you talk to your health care professional about your vaccination options. 

(Read more: ATAGI statement on the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in 2024 ( ) 

For those who live with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, the Australian Rheumatology Association has produced an information sheet about COVID-19 vaccination.

Also, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 make sure you talk to your doctor who may prescribe antivirals if you are eligible. Please note research has confirmed that antivirals should be given as early as possible and only to those who are at a high risk of developing severe disease. 

How – do you get your vaccinations 

Speak to your health care professional about getting your flu and Covid-19 vaccinations. Vaccinations are available through your GP, and pharmacies across the country. 

Key take away messages 
  • You should get a flu vaccination each year. 
  • COVID-19 is still around, and you should keep up to date with your vaccinations. 
  • It is safe to have both vaccinations at the same time. 


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