Have you had your flu shot? Are you in a high-risk category?

IT'S that time of year again. If you're aged 65 or over or are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander over 50, you are at high risk of catching flu and pneumococcal disease and all their nasty complications.

People aged over 65 are also advised to have their dTpa (diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough) booster shots if they haven't had one in the last 10 years.

Whooping cough has once again become a nasty menace and if you think the vaccinations your parents inflicted on you as a defenceless child took care of things forever, think again.

However, this is not a free vaccination.

See your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss the free flu and pneumonia vaccination.

While the shots are free under the National Immunisation Program, your doctor may charge a consultation fee.

Remember, flu shots are needed every year as types of virus circulation vary from season to season.


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