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Do I need the flu vaccine?

Page last updated 12 October 2018

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.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you can access the free influenza vaccine from 6 months to 4 years of age, and for those over 15 years of age. 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. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule (accessed 19 April 2018).
  2. Australian Government. Department of Health. The flu vaccine – Information for consumers in 2018 fact sheet. Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/resources/publications/the-flu-vaccine-information-for-consumers-in-2018-fact-sheet (accessed 28th April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0198a - Date of preparation May 2018

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