Winter Wellbeing and Flu

Winter Wellbeing and Flu


Influenza (commonly known as ‘flu’) is a highly contagious viral infection. Flu can occur at any time throughout the year, but the number of cases usually increases during the winter months (often referred to as the ‘flu season’). Flu is spread person-to-person from coughs and sneezes and can cause life-threatening complications.

To protect yourself and those around you against the flu this season, get your yearly flu vaccination – it’s your best protection against the flu.

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

In the ACT, the flu vaccine is free for people at higher risk of complications from flu, including:

  • children aged 6 months to under 5 years,
  • pregnant women,
  • people aged 65 years and older,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older, and
  • people aged 6 months and older with underlying medical conditions.

If you are sick: stay home and remember to wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and put used tissues in the bin straight after use.

If you have flu-like symptoms and need medical care, you can visit your local GP or one of the ACT’s free Walk-in Centres.