Should I have the flu vaccinaton?

Should I get the flu shot? Step 1 / 10

What health factors may affect you choice?

Do you have an underlying medical condition?

Do you have a problem with your immune system (due to a disease or medication)?

Do you have a severe egg allergy or an allergy to a vaccine component?

Do you feel acutely unwell with fever and respiratory symptoms?

Do you have any other conditions that concern you?

Do you have any concerns about the flu shot?

What are the benefits and side effects of the flu shot?

This information may change as more research becomes available. There is no way of knowing exactly how you or members of your family might be affected.


Benefits:

  • By taking the flu vaccine you are less likely to get a flu infection
  • By taking the flu vaccine you may be less sick if you get a flu infection
  • By taking the flu shot you are less likely to require hospitalisation, admission to an ICU or to die from the effects of influenza

Side Effects:

  • People who take the flu vaccine can develop pain at the injection site, which can last 1 to 6 days
  • People who take the flu vaccine occasionally develop nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, and/or headache, which generally last for around one day

Serious side effects of the flu shots are extremely rare. If you have any concerns, speak to your healthcare practitioner.

How much each reason matters to you

For each question, rate how much each reason matters to you on a scale of 0 to 5.

'0' means it is not important to you.
'5' means it is very important to you.

Reasons to take the flu vaccine

How important is it that you...

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... do not get influenza and avoid missing time from work and family by being sick?

... avoid the cost, potential side-effects and potential difficulty of getting the antiviral medication if you develop flu symptoms?

... do not become seriously ill with influenza and can avoid hospitalisation and possible intensive care or death?

Reasons to take the flu vaccine

How important is it that you...

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... avoid the inconvenience of arranging to get the flu vaccine, including lining up for the vaccine and/or taking time off work?

... wait until you get more information about the flu vaccine?

... avoid side effects of the flu vaccine?

What else do you need to prepare for decision‑making?

Which option has the lowest chance of getting the flu?

Which option has the lowest chance of hospitalisation, ICU admission, or death?

Which option has the highest chance of a sore arm as a side effect?

Which option has the highest chance of not getting influenza and avoid missing time from work because you are sick?

What else do you need to prepare for decision‑making?

KNOWLEDGE: Do you know enough about the benefits and side effects of each option?

VALUES: Are you clear about which benefits and side effects matter most to you?

SUPPORT: Do you have enough support and advice from others to make a choice?

CERTAINTY: Do you feel sure about the best choice for you?

Please review your answer summary below to help you decide

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