Influenza is an acute respiratory disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, myalgia, lethargy, coryza, sore throat and cough. Infections in children may also be associated with gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Croup is a common presentation in children.

Most symptoms resolve within 2–7 days, although the cough may persist for longer. Complications of influenza include middle-ear infections, secondary bacterial pneumonia and exacerbation of underlying chronic health conditions.

During influenza epidemics, patients with early influenza symptoms (fever >38 °C, plus at least one systemic symptom, such as myalgia, and one respiratory symptom) have a 60–70 per cent chance of having influenza infection.

  • Influenza (flu) is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year.
  • Immunisation and practising prevention measures for people who are at risk of complications from the flu are the best ways we can reduce the number of influenza infections and deaths.
  • Flu immunisation is recommended for everyone from 6 months of age who want to protect themselves from the flu and its complications.
  • People who work or live with people who are at risk of serious complications should also be immunised to avoid spreading the flu.
  • The flu vaccine cannot give you a dose of influenza because it does not contain any live virus.
  • You can receive your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 vaccine on the same day, one after the other if convenient. There is no time interval required between these vaccines.

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Get vaccinated

  • Flu vaccinations for 2022 are now available at pharmacies and GPs.
  • Victoria’s free flu vaccination program has been extended to Sunday 10 July to give more Victorians the chance to protect themselves against the flu. If you have not yet received your free flu shot, now is the time to contact your GP or pharmacy to book in.
  • There is no required interval between the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

We are also offering free flu vaccinations for people aged over 5 at our Wodonga Vaccination Hub and our outreach clinics who are eligible under the National Immunisation Program Schedule. To find out more about eligibility, click here

  • Both flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
  • Bookings at the Wodonga Vaccination Hub are not required.
  • We are not open on Saturday or Sunday.

Opening hours

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am to 5pm.
  • Tuesday and Thursday will be outreach clinics.

Outreach clinic details are available by clicking here

To download a FAQ about the flu sheet, click here