2020 influenza vaccines – it’s not too late to vaccinate

8 September 2020

While we have seen a record number of influenza vaccines administered in 2020, there is still an opportunity to offer the vaccine to those who have not already been vaccinated this season.

For those who have not yet received a 2020 influenza vaccine, getting vaccinated now is encouraged to provide protection during the remainder of the influenza season, the peak period of which is usually June to September in most parts of Australia.

It is never too late to vaccinate against influenza. Experts from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommend that vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza is still circulating and vaccines are available. 

Everyone aged 6 months and over is recommended to get the influenza vaccine annually. Flu vaccine is provided free under the National Immunisation Program for:

  • children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 6 months and over
  • people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications
  • pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and over.

People who are not eligible for a free influenza vaccine can purchase on the private market. 

See Department of Health communication