Should I still get my flu vaccination?

While there is no vaccine for COVID-19, there is one for the flu (influenza). Cancer Council endorses the Department of Health’s recommendations for people receiving the flu vaccination which includes vaccination for those with higher risk of complications from the flu including people with cancer.


This year, it is more important to be vigilant about the flu because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you have or have had cancer your doctor may recommend getting both the flu shot and the pneumococcal vaccination. If it has been recommended for you, it is important for you to get the vaccination to protect yourself.


If you cannot get the vaccination, encourage family and friends you are interacting with to get vaccinated, as this will avoid them passing the infection on to you, which can put you at higher risk of serious illness if you are immunocompromised.


The flu vaccination is now available, and they are generally given by GPs. Community health clinics, pharmacies and hospitals. Sometimes it is also available through workplace or school programs. Receiving a vaccination from April provides optimal protection in the peak period of influenza circulation. You can also talk to your doctor about receiving a booster later if you require it. Under the National Immunisation Program, you may meet the eligible criteria for a free vaccination, check here to find out.

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