Influenza vaccination

Influenza can be serious. The best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated each year. For some people the vaccine is free.

Protect yourself and others by vaccinating against influenza

The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over. It not only protects you, but also helps protect those around you. It is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people most at risk, including: 

  • children 6 months to less than 5 years

  • pregnant women

  • people aged 65 and over 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

  • people with certain medical conditions. 

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Find out all you need to know about getting your free flu vaccination.

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2024 resource collection

See our range of resources about influenza vaccination for both consumers and health professionals.

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Vaccination for children

Influenza in babies and young children can be serious. The influenza vaccine is safe, effective and free for all children aged 6 months to under 5 years.

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Think of this ball as the flu.

 

It gets passed around really easily.

As the flu’s passed around, it can make some of us mob very sick, and be really dangerous for everyone in our communities.

But all us mob can get protected with a free flu vaccination, so talk to your health worker about getting vaccinated today.

Let’s give flu the boot. Visit health.gov.au/flu.

Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.

 

Vaccination to protect your mob

Flu can make you very sick. To keep your community healthy, get protected with a flu vaccination. Its free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and above.

See the Flu vaccine information sheet

Vaccination in pregnancy

Influenza is a serious disease during pregnancy for you and your baby. The best way to protect you and your newborn baby against influenza is to get vaccinated during pregnancy.

It’s safe, free and recommended for pregnant women in each pregnancy.

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About the influenza vaccine

Learn about the available influenza vaccines, who it is recommended for, how and where to get vaccinated and possible side effects. If you're eligible, you can get the influenza vaccine for free.

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Vaccination can safely protect you from influenza viruses

The influenza vaccine has a great safety record. Common side effects from the influenza vaccine include mild pain, redness or swelling where the vaccine is given. These side effects usually last for a few days and go away without any treatment.

Find out more about vaccine safety in Australia.

Find out more about influenza vaccine safety data.