Flu vaccine availability update

6 June 2019

The flu vaccine is an important way to protect against influenza and its complications. It is free to those most at risk of getting seriously sick from influenza, including:

Pregnant lady having a flu vaccine
  • pregnant women
  • children under 5 years of age
  • Aboriginal people over 6 months of age
  • people aged 65 and years and over
  • people 6 months and older with medical conditions that put them at risk of severe complications from flu (learn more about eligible chronic illnesses).

Government-funded vaccine for the above eligible groups is currently available. Contact your local immunisation provider to book an appointment. While the vaccine is free, some doctors may charge a consultation fee.

There is a current shortage of privately funded influenza vaccine in Australia, however the federal government has confirmed that a further 400,000 vaccines have been ordered and will be available in the coming weeks. People who wish to be vaccinated against flu but are not eligible for the free vaccine are advised to contact their GP or pharmacist to learn more about when the vaccine is available.

Learn more about where to get vaccinated.

Preventing flu

You can follow some simple steps to protect yourself and your family against flu:

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Keep surfaces clean
  • Stand or sit away from others when they are coughing or sneezing
  • If you are sick, stay away from others

Learn more about how to protect yourself and your family against colds and flu.