Eligibility for free flu vaccination in 2020
The flu isn’t like the common cold. It is highly contagious, hits quickly and can last for weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends.
For children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes.
The best defence against the flu is receiving a flu vaccination. Everyone should get an annual flu vaccination to ensure they are protected during the peak flu season, which often runs from June to September.
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy states that severe allergic reactions to the current flu vaccination are rare, even for people with egg-allergy.
Who is eligible for the free influenza vaccine program?
- People aged six months to less than five years.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older.
- Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy).
- People aged 65 years and older.
- People aged six months and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications
Anyone else wishing to receive the flu vaccine can attend one of our many immunisation sessions for a cost of $25.
Our dedicated flu vaccination sessions are now sold out. Appointments are still available at our regular immunisation sessions. Please read Important information: changes to delivery of immunisation program.
Which influenza vaccine brands are supplied in 2020?
All vaccine brands this year are quadrivalent (they contain 4 strains).
For people aged 6 months to less than 65 years:
- Vaxigrip Tetra® (Sanofi Pasteur)
- FluQuadri® (Sanofi Pasteur)
- Fluarix Tetra® (GSK)
For people aged 5 years to less than 65 years:
- Afluria-Quad® (Seqirus)
For people aged 65 years and older:
- Fluad Quad® (Seqirus)