Free flu vaccines extended until 17 July in NSW

01 July 2022

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Man with the fluA free flu vaccine is available to all NSW residents until 17 July 2022 in an effort to combat this year’s influenza season.

The State Government has extended its free flu vaccination program until 17 July amid concerns vaccination rates are still not where they should be.

Read NSW Government announcement


Speak to your GP, pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service about getting your flu vaccine.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged more people to come forward for their influenza vaccination to prevent unnecessary hospitalisations.

“More than 1,000 people presented to our EDs with flu-like illness last week and almost 165 were so unwell they were admitted, including very young children,” Dr Chant said.

SWSPHN will keep you updated as more information becomes available about how general practices can seek reimbursement for the purchase cost of vaccines.



About the flu vaccine

It’s extra important this year for everyone to get their flu vaccine, with emergency departments across NSW already under significant pressure due to COVID-19 and a rise in flu cases.

Health authorities are urging community to get their flu vaccine NOW.

Annual vaccination should ideally occur BEFORE the onset of each influenza season, which usually occurs from June to September.

This year’s influenza vaccines have been updated to provide the best possible protection. By getting a flu shot you’re protecting yourself and the community from serious illness.

Learn more with the flu fact sheet and flu FAQs (NSW Health website).


Free flu vaccine eligibility

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months or older.

It’s free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for children aged six months to five years and adults 65 years and over, as well as pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with certain medical conditions.

The flu vaccine does not provide protection against COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine does not provide protection against the flu. You need to have both vaccines, which can now be given on the same day.

You can book your COVID booster AND your flu vaccine at the same.


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