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Is the flu vaccine free?

Page last updated 18 June 2019

Influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone > 6 months old.

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

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders from 6 months of age
  • All adults > 65 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).
  • In 2018 most State & Territory governments are funding free flu vaccine for children less than 5 years of age.  

Check with your doctor for more information. 12-17

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government, Department of Health. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for immunisation providers regarding the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2018. Available at: (accessed 16 February 2018). 
  2. NSW Government. Free flu job for NSW kids under five this winter. 23 January 2018. Available at: (accessed 7 July 2018).
  3. Queensland Government. Queensland Health. Free influenza vaccine for children. 20 October 2017. Available at: (accessed 7 July 2018).
  4. Government of Western Australia. Department of Health. Influenza immunization program. Available at: (accessed 4 February 2018)
  5. ACT Government. Free flu vaccinations for Canberra children this winter. 27 February 2018. Available at: (accessed 7 July 2018).
  6. SA Health. Free influenza (flu) vaccine for South Australian children under five. 27 April 2018. Available at: (accessed 7 July 2018).
  7. Hennessy J. Free flu vaccinations to protect Victorian kids. 24 February 2018. Available at: (accessed 7 July 2018).

SPANZ.IFLU.18.04.0165a(1)a - Date of preparation May 2019