Life, Money, Wellbeing

Are you entitled to to a free flu shot?

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
  • 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 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 $14.99 (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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