Life, Money, Wellbeing

Are you entitled to to a free flu shot?

Published on May 17, 2019 1:41 am, by

It’s flu season again and health authorities are warning us to get the flu vaccine.

The Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program and State Government funding means some people can get a flu shot for free. This includes:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • children aged 6 months to 5 years
  • pregnant women
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with medical conditions such as heart disease, severe asthma, chronic lung conditions, diabetes

You can get the flu shot at from your GP or a pharmacy or at a local council or community health clinic. Some may charge you a consultation fee so ring ahead and check.

Even if you don’t qualify for a free flu shot you might still want to get one. Check for the best price but we found pharmacies offering flu shots for between $12.99 (Chemist Warehouse) and $19.95 (Terry White, Priceline). It could be a whole lot cheaper than getting the flu, taking time off work and having to visit a doctor!

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Peter is the CEO of MoneyBrilliant. He has over 20 years experience in banking, insurance and accounting. Peter has three sons, ranging in age from 16 to 3, is a sport and fitness fanatic and a volunteer firefighter. He is passionate about improving people's lives through making financial services more accessible.

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