Winter is fast approaching and it is important that you and your family are ready for the cooler weather. This means taking out your coats and beanies, swapping leafy salads for hot soups and protecting your family against the flu. Read on to find out how you can protect your children from the flu this winter.
The flu, or influenza, is caused by the influenza virus. It is very easy to pass it on from one person to another. You can pass the virus on to someone else just by coughing or sneezing.
People with the flu might have a runny nose, a sore throat, a fever or a cough. They might also have sore muscles and joints and feel very tired. If you or your child have any of these symptoms and they get worse very quickly, see your local doctor as soon as possible. If you don't have a local doctor, click here to find one.
Children aged 6 months to 5 years and pregnant women are at greater risk of getting the flu. But don't worry - there are things you can do to protect yourself and your children.
All children in NSW aged 6 months to 5 years can get a free flu shot to help protect them from the flu. Your child can get their flu shot from your local doctor.
Getting vaccinated is also important for our community. It helps protect others at risk, like older people and babies who are too young to have the flu shot.
We understand that you might have some questions about the flu shot. That's okay. Your local doctor or child and family health nurse will be able to answer any questions you have. You can also click here for answers to the questions that families ask us a lot.
Remember - the flu can be harmful to you and your family. Make sure you protect yourself this season and get your flu shot.