Get vaccinated

Having a yearly flu vaccination is your best protection against the flu.

Each year the flu vaccine changes to cover the latest strains to better protect you and your family from the flu.

Who should get vaccinated?

Everyone over 6 months of age should get a yearly flu vaccination to reduce their risk of getting the flu. If you live with, care for, or visit people who are at higher risk of severe flu such as children or the elderly, you should get vaccinated to minimise the chance of spreading it to them.

In the ACT flu vaccination is free* for:

  • people aged 65 years and over
  • pregnant women
  • all children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over, and
  • people aged six months and over with certain underlying medical conditions such as severe asthma, heart or lung disease, diabetes and/or weakened immune systems.

*GPs may charge a consultation fee. You should check this with your GP at the time of booking.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Flu vaccination is available from your GP (all age groups), pharmacies (adults aged 18 years and over), ACT Health Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics (for children aged 6 months to under 5 years), ACT Health Antenatal Clinics (for pregnant women) and some workplaces.

  GP Pharmacy ACT Health Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics ACT Health Antenatal Clinics
All children aged 6 months to under 5 years ✓funded* x ✓funded x
Anyone aged 6 months and over with a medical condition that increases risk of flu complications ✓funded* ✓#
(18 years and over)
✓funded (<6 years) x
Anyone aged 5 years and over not in any risk group ✓# ✓#
(18 years and over)
x x
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older ✓funded* ✓#
(18 years and over)
x x
Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy) ✓funded* x x ✓funded
People aged 65 years and over ✓funded* ✓# §
(New age-specific vaccines not available)
x x

* While the flu vaccine is government-funded and provided free of charge, GPs may charge a consultation free. You should check this with your GP at the time of booking.

# Vaccine is not free.

§ In 2018, there are two new age-specific trivalent influenza vaccines (TIVs) available free to those aged 65 years and older. These vaccines are formulated to provide increased protection against influenza for older people, compared to the quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs). While the QIVs are still available for people 65 years and over, vaccine experts recommend the specially-formulated TIVs over the QIVs for this age group. The TIVs are only available through GPs.

Where can I get more information about the flu vaccine?

ACT Health have developed some useful resources:

For detailed information about influenza immunisation, please refer to the Influenza chapter in The Australian Immunisation Handbook.

For more information, visit our Immunisation page.