Medically at-risk groups
Some people may need additional immunisation to protect themselves and other people they come into contact with.
People with reduced immunity
Some people may have reduced immunity due to disease or treatment, such as someone without a functioning spleen or chemotherapy patients. Your doctor or vaccine service provider will provide advice on any additional vaccines.
Premature babies may require additional vaccines for:
Your doctor or vaccine service provider will provide advice on any additional vaccines.
The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the Immunise Australia Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These include:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to less than five years or 15 years and over
- Pregnant women
- Individuals aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.
To receive your influenza vaccination, visit your local doctor or immunisation provider. It is important to note that while the vaccine is free, a consultation fee may apply.
People at risk of tuberculosis
Read more about tuberculosis and immunisation (this information is also available in other languages.)