Influenza Community

Free Flu Vaccinations for Queenslanders

From 24 May 2022 to 30 June 2022, the Queensland Government is offering free influenza vaccines to all Queenslanders in response to rising cases of influenza. Consumers are encouraged to check with their local GP or pharmacy as to whether an appointment is required and what vaccine is available.

Now is the time to protect yourself from the flu and COVID-19 – you can get your flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccination or booster in the same appointment.

Stay well this winter!


Influenza | Information for Community

Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease, usually prevented by vaccination and treated by managing symptoms. Spread by body fluids from infected people, symptoms include a runny nose and sore throat. Flu can affect anyone but is especially serious for babies and older people.
Click on the boxes below to Learn more about the Flu:

Flu Overview 2022

Flu vs Cold vs Allergies

Where to get Vaccinated


Influenza vaccination is particularly important this year. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, a resurgence of influenza is expected in 2022, with the Australian community potentially more vulnerable this winter.
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over. The National Immunisation Program funds influenza vaccines for people most at risk.
Influenza vaccines can be safely co-administered with COVID-19 vaccines.
Young children are particularly at risk this season as many have potentially never been exposed to influenza. Children 6 months to less than 5 years are eligible for a free influenza vaccine. Vaccination rates in pregnant women remain low, despite vaccination being recommended in each pregnancy and at any stage of pregnancy.

Influenza vaccines are funded under the National Immunisation Program for the following groups due to their increased risk of complications from influenza:

  • all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • all adults aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant women
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • individuals aged 6 months and older with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (for a full list go to ATAGI advice on seasonal influenza vaccines 2022).

All other individuals 5 years or over not included in the categories above can purchase the vaccine from their doctor.


Click on the Boxes below to Learn more about the Flu Vaccinations for 2022:

Flu Vaccination Contact Information for Consumers

Health Advice Call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

Find an Immunisation Provider near you: Call 1800 671 811

Find your nearest GP or Health care provider: Find a health service | healthdirect

From 24 May 2022 to 30 June 2022, the Queensland Government is offering free influenza vaccines to all Queenslanders in response to rising cases of influenza. Consumers are encouraged to check with their local GP or pharmacy as to whether an appointment is required and what vaccine is available.

 

Now is the time to protect yourself from the flu and COVID-19 – you can get your flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccination or booster in the same appointment.

 

Stay well this winter!