Top up your protection this winter

Now is the time to book your flu vaccine, and if eligible, to consider topping up your COVID booster.

Winter can be challenging with the combination of COVID-19 and respiratory conditions - particularly influenza. Vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself, and your family.

We encourage you to do four things:

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    Get vaccinated - it's the best way to prevent the flu and COVID-19.

  • Man laying on lounge, unwell.

    Stay at home and avoid close contact with others.

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    Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.

  • Man washing hands.

    Wash your hands regularly.

Information for you and your family

With COVID-19 still present in our communities, we understand that this time can be overwhelming and difficult for you and your family. Information and resources on how to keep healthy can be found below.

Make the right call, to get the right care!

It's important to remember that the hospital emergency department is for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries only. There are other places you can go for help if your simply feeling unwell, have influenza or COVID-19:

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    Check your doctor, nearest general practice, urgent care provider, or pharmacy

    Contact your nearest general practice (details at or Radio Doctor Illawarra on 4228 5522 (Scarborough to Shell Cove). Find your local urgent care provider here.

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    Seek medical advice and support via the healthdirect hotline

    Call the healthdirect hotline to speak to a registered nurse. This free service is available 24 hours, 7 days per week on 1800 022 222.

    Call now
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    In an emergency or for serious illness or injury

    In an emergency phone 000 immediately for an ambulance or visit your nearest hospital emergency department for a serious illness or injury.

    Call 000