Influenza seasons and severity is unpredictable. However, what we do know is that vaccination is the most important measure we have to prevent influenza and its complication, see the statement from Chief Medical Officer on 6/03/2019 :
When should I be vaccinated?
The best time for you to be vaccination against flu is autumn(between April and May) , before the flu season starts, it usually takes up to 2 weeks to work.
The appointment to for the exclusive purpose of receiving the flu vaccination(Flu shot) is bulk-billed.
If you are qualified for government funded program, you may receive flu vaccine , which will start from April.
If you are not qualified for the program , you may have to pay the flu vaccine, which is $20.00 per dose.
Who are qualified for free flu vaccine?
Victoria Government Funded Flu Vaccine
- Children aged between 6 month and 5 years old
- People aged over 65
- Anyone with chronic condition that meets certain criteria specified at: https://beta.health.gov.au/news-and-events/media-releases/2019-influenza-vaccines.