Getting the flu isn't any fun. And it's just our luck that as seniors, we are more at risk of severe complications that are associated with the flu.

Annual immunisation against the flu is recommended for everyone. Under the National Immunisation Program and Victorian funded immunisation program, people aged 65 years and over are eligible for a free flu shot. This forms part of  a routine schedule of vaccines provided for free for some groups of people.

This year, it is recommended that you book your vaccination for late April, if possible, to ensure you have maximum protection over the peak of the flu season.

You can track flu in your local area by visiting FluTracker - a voluntary scheme where people take 10 to 15 seconds each week to record any symptoms they experience. This information is then used confidentially to show flu 'hotspots' around Australia. To explore your local community, simply select 'View Maps' and zoom in.

If you would like more information visit the sites below: