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Is it important to get a flu shot?

Page last updated 16 June 2020


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 of age, under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Pregnant women can access the free influenza and pertussis (whooping cough) 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

2. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

3. National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance. Immunisation recommendations for adults in Australia. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

8. Victorian Government. Better Health. Flu (influenza) – immunisation. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

MAT-AU-2000013  - Date of preparation June 2020