2019 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

May 2, 2019Vaccination and Immunization

Influenza vaccines are provided for free to eligible people through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Annual seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for any person aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.

Influenza vaccines are provided free through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to the following groups due to their increased risk of complication from influenza:

  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
  • people aged six months & over with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and complications, including:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.

Some states and territories also fund free influenza vaccines for children aged six months to less than five years. Speak to your GP or other immunisation provider if you are unsure if you are eligible for a free vaccine.

If you’re not eligible for a free vaccine, you can still get the influenza vaccine with a private prescription from your GP, a pharmacy immunisation clinic or other immunisation provider.

For more information about the 2019 influenza vaccines please visit health.gov.au/immunisation