Who should get vaccinated
In Australia, annual influenza vaccination is recommended for any person aged 6 months of age or older for whom it is desired to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza. It is strongly recommended for anyone aged 6 months and older who is 'at-risk' of flu and its complications.
People at risk of complications from flu include:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 6 months to <5 years and adolescents and adults aged15 years and over
- Pregnant women
- People with severe asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and kidney disease and certain chronic conditions.
Influenza vaccination is also recommended for people who may transmit flu to those 'at-risk' listed above. This includes:
- Healthcare workers
- Emergency services workers.
- Workers in aged care and childcare facilities
- Anyone who lives or works with ‘at risk’ people.
Anyone who wants to avoid catching flu should ask their doctor if influenza vaccination is right for them. Is the vaccine free for you?
Free influenza vaccine is available for people aged 65 years and over. People who have one of the 'at-risk' conditions listed previously are also eligible to receive the vaccine for free. Ask your doctor if you qualify for the Government funded vaccine. Australians not covered in the above groups will have to pay for the vaccine, however, the cost of the flu vaccine is relatively inexpensive.
Influenza vaccination is recommended every year
The flu virus is always changing and currently the influenza vaccines provide protection for about a year. To provide continuing protection, yearly vaccination with the most up to date vaccine is recommended.
It doesn’t matter how fit or healthy you are, you are still at risk of catching the flu.