Who is considered “medically at-risk” and eligible for a free influenza vaccine?
In addition to older adults (over 65 years), pregnant women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples (aged 6 months to 4 years, or over 15 years), as well as adults with the following medical conditions may be eligible for a free influenza vaccine each year:
- Cardiac disease
- Chronic respiratory conditions
- Chronic neurological conditions
- Immunocompromising condition
- Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- Renal disease
- Haematological disorders
Note that other groups of adults (e.g. travellers to other countries, workers in aged care facilities) are also at-risk, but are not eligible for a free influenza vaccine under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Speak to your healthcare professional about how you can best protect yourself against influenza.
Sources & Citations
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. Influenza factsheet. Available at http://www.ncirs.edu.au/assets/provider_resources/fact-sheets/Influenza-fact-sheet.pdf (accessed 12 June 2018).
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0211a - Date of preparation May 2018Show All