Flu Immunisation

Influenza Information

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. It is spread by contact with respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It is estimated that the flu contributes to over 3,000 deaths and 18,000 hospitalisations in Australia each year. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, muscle and joint pain, extreme exhaustion, chills, sore throat and a stuffy nose.

Immunisation is the best protection against getting and spreading the flu. Annual immunisation is recommended because the virus is constantly changing, and the vaccine changes accordingly. At Chemist Warehouse, we use the 2019 Quadrivalent vaccine.

Who is eligible for a free flu shot?

Please note: The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program provides a free flu vaccine to eligible people, including:

  • People aged 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months or over
  • People aged 6 months and older with medical conditions that put them at risk of complications from the flu.

Vaccines covered by the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and specific State/Territory immunisation programs are free for eligible people, however, not all pharmacies or pharmacist immunisers have access to these free vaccines. If you fall into any of the categories above, it is recommended that you speak with your pharmacist or doctor prior to making your appointment to confirm availability of the free vaccine.

Eligible people get the vaccine at no cost, but your health care provider (for example, your doctor) may charge a consultation fee for the visit.

General information only. This information does not replace the information provided by your healthcare professional. Information current as at date of publishing. Report any errors to


For more information about Influenza and immunisation, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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