Skip to main content

Who is considered “medically at-risk” and eligible for a free influenza vaccine?

Page last updated 23 July 2019

In addition to older adults (over 65 years), pregnant women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples (aged 6 months and over), 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

  1. National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. Influenza factsheet. Available at  (accessed 12 June 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0211a - Date of preparation May 2018