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I am over 65, do I need a special flu vaccine?

Page last updated 03 July 2020

The Australian Government recommends a single dose of the seasonal influenza vaccine for all Australians.

In 2018, two new flu vaccines became available for adults aged 65 years or older. These vaccines offer increased immune responses to combat age-related weakened immune systems.


Make sure you let your healthcare professional know your age when you go in for your vaccinations to ensure you have access to the free government-funded vaccine.


For more information regarding influenza and its prevention, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for seniors. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

5. Health Direct. Flu vaccine FAQs. (accessed 21 May 2020).

6. ACT Government. Health. Know the facts about the influenza vaccine. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

SAN-001369-00 - Date of preparation May 2020