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Do I need the flu vaccine?

Page last updated 17 June 2020

The Australian government recommends that all eligible Australia’s receive the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine. This is because vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from catching the flu.

As an adult, if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you can access the free influenza vaccine.  Pregnant women can access the free influenza vaccine at any time during their pregnancy. People with some chronic health conditions, such as asthma or heart disease, may also be eligible for a free influenza vaccine. Speak to your healthcare professional or GP about influenza prevention.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for adults. Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/immunisation-for-adults (accessed 20 May 2020).
  2. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/national-immunisation-program-schedule-portrait (accessed 20 May 2020).
  3. National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance. Immunisation recommendations for adults in Australia. Available at: http://www.ncirs.org.au/sites/default/files/2018-12/adult-vaccination-fact-sheet.pdf (accessed 20 May 2020).

MAT-AU-2000005- Date of preparation June 2020

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