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29 June 2020

Protect yourself this winter with a flu vaccination

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever for you to protect yourself against other seasonal illnesses like influenza. As we enter peak flu season, influenza vaccinations are now available for all students. Book today to give yourself the best chance of staying flu‑free this winter.

Why you should get the flu shot

While the vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, it will reduce your risk of flu, which kills hundreds of people every year and leads to thousands more hospitalisations. Symptoms of the flu can last for several weeks, and include fever, aches and pains, headache, fatigue, chills and sweats.

We strongly encourage you to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible, for a number of reasons:

You’re eligible for a FREE flu vaccination if you’re a student living on residences (register your interest at DRS reception) or an international student who holds OSHC cover.

For all other students the cost is $20, which is a small price to pay for your health and peace of mind.

How to get your flu shot

You can also go to your GP or your local pharmacy for a flu shot, but call ahead to check they have stock as sometimes community demand outweighs supply.

Five simple tips to keep you healthy this winter

  1. Don’t go out if you feel sick or unwell – rest and recover at home.
  2. Cough into your elbow rather than your hands, as you’ll be less likely to spread germs when touching other objects. 
  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water after using the bathroom, and before touching or eating food.
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep and maintain your usual exercise routine during winter. 
  5. Stay warm by wearing appropriate clothing outdoors.

More flu hygiene tips can be found on the healthdirect website.

Don’t ‘soldier on’

If you do get sick, quarantine yourself and get checked out straight away.

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