Free flu vaccine for children aged 6 months to under 5 years
A new ACT Government funded Childhood Influenza Vaccination Program will offer free flu vaccine to ACT children aged between six months and under five years from April 2018.
Influenza (commonly known as ‘flu’) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is spread from person to person by virus-containing respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing.
Flu can be fatal, even in healthy children. Infants and children under 5 years of age are at increased risk of flu-related complications. A yearly flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the risk of your child getting sick with the flu and spreading the flu to others.
The free flu vaccine will be available through your usual immunisation provider, including GPs and ACT Health Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics, from April 2018. While the vaccine is provided free by the ACT Government, your doctor may charge a consultation fee.
- Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics 2018
- Influenza Immunisation – FAQs for parents
- Influenza Immunisation – FAQs for health care providers
- Influenza – Fact Sheet
Free vaccine in 2018 for 16-19 year olds to protect against meningococcal disease
In December 2017, the ACT government announced funding of a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Year 10 students and a catch-up program for those aged 16 to 19 years. The catch-up program is available in 2018 only.
Adolescents aged 16 to 19 years can receive the vaccine as a catch-up dose through their GPs.
Meningococcal disease is an uncommon but serious disease and adolescents are at increased risk. In recent years, rates of invasive meningococcal disease caused by meningococcal W and meningococcal Y strains have increased across Australia.
The ACT Government is taking proactive action to protect adolescents and the community from meningococcal disease by recommending immunisation against meningococcal A, C, W and Y strains.