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Is it important to get a flu shot?

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from catching the flu (influenza). If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you can access flu vaccine for free from 6 months to 4 years of age, and for those over 15 years of age under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Pregnant women can access the free flu 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 flu vaccine. Speak with your healthcare professional if you’re unsure about whether you’re eligible for any free vaccinations under the NIP. Note that a consultation fee may still apply.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at (accessed 19 April 2018).
  2. Australian Government, Department of Health, The flu vaccine – Information for consumers in 2018 fact sheet. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0199a - Date of preparation May 2018