Annual seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for any person aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.
Under the National Influenza Vaccination Program, free seasonal influenza vaccine* is available for the following people:
- all individuals aged 65 years and older
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over
- pregnant women
- individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza, namely:Cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
- Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
- Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
- Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
- Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.
Please note that immunisation providers may charge a consultation fee for giving the vaccine.
NSW Health Influenza Website