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

Page last updated 11 July 2018

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

There are two new vaccines available in 2018, made available for older adults over the age of 65 years. 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

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The flu vaccine – Information for consumers in 2018 fact sheet. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).
  2. NSW Government. Department of Health. Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2018. Available at (accessed 29th April 2018).

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