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South Australian vaccine schedule for the annual funded influenza program
The flu vaccine is recommended for any person six months of age and over.
As the strains of the flu virus can change from year to year, receiving a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against getting seriously ill or being hospitalised.
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides free flu vaccinations for those most vulnerable to flu in our community.
In 2023, free flu vaccination is available for the following people who are at greater risk of disease and developing complications if they get flu:
Eligible chronic underlying medical conditions include:
Adults and children who are experiencing homelessness are eligible to receive free flu vaccines under the state funded program.
Although not funded, the flu vaccine is also strongly recommended for:
To receive the free flu vaccine, contact your doctor, local council, community health centre, Aboriginal health centre or an approved pharmacy.
The vaccines are free for eligible people, however some immunisation providers may charge a consultation or service fee.
All funded vaccines available for use in Australia for the 2023 influenza season are quadrivalent (four strains - two influenza A and two influenza B) and contain the following strains:
These influenza vaccines are available through the 2023 NIP:
Flu vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age, and into the top of the arm from 12 months of age.
People with egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safety vaccinated with flu vaccines. You do not have to be vaccinated in a hospital setting. Speak to your immunisation provider about your allergy.
All flu vaccines available in Australia are latex free.
For further information on the free flu vaccine programs, contact your local doctor or immunisation provider, or read the Annual flu vaccine program - Frequently asked questions (PDF 252KB).