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Winter Preparedness for Community

This winter, we’re back out there - but so are COVID-19 and the flu.

COVID-19 rates are high, and Victoria has recorded more cases of the flu so far this year than the whole of 2020 and 2021 combined. That’s why it’s so important to do what we can to stay well this winter.

The good news is, getting your flu shot, and staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, will help you, and the people around you, stay well. These routine winter vaccinations can protect what’s most important to you.

There are also simple things you can do like staying home if you’re unwell.

What is influenza?

Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease, usually prevented by vaccination and treated by managing symptoms.

Spread by body fluids from infected people, the flu is a viral infection affecting your nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. Typical symptoms of flu include fever, sore throat, tiredness and muscle aches. Flu can affect anyone but is especially serious for babies and older people.

Key information

  • The Victorian Government is offering free influenza vaccinations from your GP or pharmacy from 1 June to30 June 2022
  • Seasonal vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over, strongly recommended for high-risk groups, and is free for some of these groups.
  • Your general practice or local pharmacy can administer your influenza vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine.
  • General practice respiratory clinics are available to provide patients with access to assessment for flu and other respiratory symptoms, testing and treatment close to where they live.

COVID vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Australia. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep you, your family, friends, and the community safe.

Find out more here. 

Find your nearest vaccination clinic

You can have your immunisations at Gippsland general practices, respiratory clinics and pharmacies.

Find out more here.

Managing COVID-19 and influenza at home

Most people can manage COVID at home, just like you do with a cold or the flu. It’s important to be prepared.

Find out more here.

Symptom Checker

Use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help. Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help.

Click here.

After-hours medical support

Have you had an unexpected medical issue after-hours? If it’s not an emergency and you don’t need to go to hospital but still require medical advice, there are options available.

Gippsland PHN funds after-hours medical services across Gippsland. You can also access after-hours medical advice through healthdirect and your Nurse-On-Call is available 24/7.

Click here to find out the contact details.

After-hours medical services are available at any time that your regular doctor’s office is closed and you urgently need to speak to a healthcare professional.

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