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FAQ

Is the flu vaccine free?

Page last updated 28 January 2022

It is currently free for the following groups of people due to their increased risk of complications from influenza: 

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • All adults 65 years of age

  • All children 6 months to <5 years of age

  • All people 6 months of age with certain medical conditions (e.g. severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes) – speak to your doctor if you are unsure if you are eligible

  • Pregnant women (at any stage during their pregnancy).

While not everyone is eligible for a funded influenza vaccine, the Department of Health recommends influenza vaccination for everyone over the age of 6 months to prevent influenza and its complications.

Sources & Citations

3. Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook - Influenza. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/influenza-flu (accessed 10 November 2021).

MAT-AU-2102449  Date of preparation January 2022

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