Who should receive the influenza vaccine
Everyone six months and older is recommended to get an influenza (flu) vaccine each year. The flu vaccine not only protects you, but it also can help protect those around you.
Influenza vaccination is especially important for some
The flu vaccine is strongly recommended and free under the National Immunisation Program for people most at risk of complications from influenza, including:
People 65 years and over
Pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
Children 6 months to less than 5 years
People 6 months and over with certain medical conditions
In some circumstances, influenza vaccines may also be provided free to other people not listed above, such as a community wide outreach service.
When to get the influenza vaccine
Annual influenza vaccine should occur anytime from April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September. The highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination.
However, it is never too late to vaccinate since influenza can circulate in the community all year round.
Pregnant women should receive the vaccine at any stage during pregnancy.