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Is the flu vaccine free?

Page last updated 28 January 2022

It is currently free for the following groups of people due to their increased risk of complications from influenza: 

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • All adults 65 years of age

  • All children 6 months to <5 years of age

  • All people 6 months of age with certain medical conditions (e.g. severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes) – speak to your doctor if you are unsure if you are eligible

  • Pregnant women (at any stage during their pregnancy).

While not everyone is eligible for a funded influenza vaccine, the Department of Health recommends influenza vaccination for everyone over the age of 6 months to prevent influenza and its complications.

Sources & Citations

3. Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook - Influenza. Available at: (accessed 10 November 2021).

MAT-AU-2102449  Date of preparation January 2022