Fighting flu starts with you

Department of Health

After a resurgence of influenza in 2022, seasonal influenza is expected to continue in 2023 so it is important to get vaccinated. This protects both you and those around you. Even healthy people can get very sick from influenza.

Who should get an influenza vaccine

Everyone aged 6 months and over should get vaccinated every year for the best protection. Influenza vaccines are free under the National Immunisation Program for people who are at higher risk of complications from influenza. This includes:

  • children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • people aged 65 years and over
  • people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications.

The vaccine used will depend on your age. For example, there is a specific vaccine for people aged 65 and over to boost the immune response. Your vaccination provider can tell you which vaccine they will use for you or your child’s immunisation.

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