Health factors that may affect your 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 influenza shot?
Benefits and side effects of influenza vaccination
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.
- By taking the influenza shot you are less likely to get a influenza infection
- By taking the influenza shot you may be less sick if you get a influenza infection
- By taking the influenza shot you are less likely to require hospitalisation, admission to an ICU or to die from the effects of influenza
- People who take the influenza shot can develop pain at the injection site, which can last 1 to 6 days
- People who take the influenza shot occasionally develop nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, and/or headache, which generally last for around one day
- Serious side effects of influenza 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 1 to 5.
1 means it is not important to you.
5 means it is very important to you.
Reasons to get the influenza shot
How important is it that you...
Please rate your answer by moving slider below
... 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 influenza symptoms?
... do not become seriously ill with influenza and can avoid hospitalisation and possible intensive care or death?
... wait until you get more information about the influenza vaccine?
What else do you need to consider before making a decision?
Which option has the lowest chance of getting the influenza?
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?
Other factors you might want to consider
Do you know enough about the benefits and side effects of each option?
Are you clear about which benefits and side effects matter most to you?
Do you have enough support and advice from others to make a choice?
Do you feel sure about the best choice for you?