COVID-19 and flu vaccinations

Did you know that, as you get older, your immune system can become less effective at protecting you from some diseases?

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With COVID-19 and flu cases set to increase this winter, vaccinations are a proven and safe way to protect yourself against these diseases that can cause serious illness, and even death.

In 2022, older Australians were more likely to die with COVID-19 compared to other age groups, while older people (65+) have also been found to be more susceptible to long COVID symptoms. As this is a time when traditionally hospitals come under pressure, reducing the likelihood that you need help there is a wise choice.

Vaccinations can help people live a longer and healthier life – which is so important as we head into these colder months. So, do you know if the older person in your life has their immunisations up-to-date? If they don’t, there is help available.

COTA WISE helpline 

Our free telephone information services aim to make older people feel WISE – Welcome, Included, Supported and Empowered.

Government support

Use Healthdirect to find a nearby COVID-19 vaccine clinic or GP.

Get more COVID-19 advice through the Victorian Government Coronavirus Hotline.


Learn more about the seasonal influenza vaccine at the Victorian Government Department of Health website.

Health Translations

Health Translations is a free online library of high-quality translated Australian health and wellbeing information.

Made for Australian health practitioners and people who work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the site provides quick access to a wealth of reliable resources.

Visit the Health Translations website.

Stay well this winter

Resources are also available in a number of languages, including English, العربية, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Hrvatski, فارسی, Ελληνικά, हिन्दी, Italiano, ខ្មែរ, Македонски, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Русский язык, Српски, Español, Türkçe, and tiếng Việt.

Click on the language you wish to view to see its specific resources.

Seniors Online Victoria 

For further assistance, visit the Seniors Online Victoria website.

Your local council and local supports

Find support, engagement, and fun in your local area. Local councils across Victoria are leading the way with opportunities for connecting locally for all generations.

Whether you’re looking to get social, get active or get inspired this winter, check out what your local council and their partner organisations have on. Learn more on this page.