Influenza's around - Prepare for the winter with a flu vaccine

Influenza (flu) fact sheet Translated influenza (flu) fact sheets

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. Some people are eligible for a free flu shot because they are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

This includes:

  • children from 6 months to under 5 years of age
  • people with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal people from 6 months of age
  • people who are 65 years of age and over.

Book your free flu shot through your doctor, pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service. Pharmacists can administer flu shots to children aged 5 and over. Parents with children aged under 5 should see their doctor.

Some providers may charge an administration or consultation fee. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if this applies to you. If you are not eligible for a free flu shot, your doctor or pharmacist will charge you a small fee. The fee may vary between providers.

Influenza information for community

Current as at: Friday 19 May 2023
Contact page owner: Communicable Diseases