Free flu vaccination is available for the following group of people:
Aged 65 And Above
This demographic has a greater likelihood of being affected by symptoms caused by seasonal flu.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group recommends pregnant women to take their flu vaccine before the flu season begins and at any point during pregnancy.
The influenza shot protects both mother and baby during the first few months, and also lowers the risk of the child being infected in periods where they're too young to be vaccinated.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can get free flu vaccines when they are between 6 months to 5 years, and when they're 15 years old and above.
Individuals Who Have Specific Medical Conditions
Individuals who are suffering from specific health conditions are more susceptible to serious complications when infected with the flu virus than others, which make them eligible for free vaccinations.
Those who are greater than 6 months old and have the following can get a free flu shot:
- Kidney disease
- Chronic lung condition
- Heart Disease
- Blood disorders
- Impaired immunity
- Nervous system diseases that affect breathing
- Severe asthma, including ones that require frequent visits to the doctor or multiple medications
- Children aged between 6 months to 10 years who are taking aspirin long-term
Speak with your physician, vaccination provider or Aboriginal Health Worker to see if you're eligible for the free flu vaccine. You may also ask your territory health department or local state representative about free vaccines for your children.
As of today, there are two new flu vaccines for people who are aged 65 and above. Speak to your doctor about getting the newer vaccines. It's also important to note that all flu vaccines are categorized according to age and that the doctor should ask about the age of your child before administering one.
Flu vaccines can be obtained from a range of providers, including general practices, pharmacies, community health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services and more. Employees can get their flu vaccines at their place of work when offered.
To get more information about the National Immunisation Program and flu, you can call 1800 671 811 or visit health.gov.au/immunisation.