Flu Immunisation

Influenza Information

The flu is the most common vaccine preventable illness in Australia. Although the incidence of flu was low last year, it is believed, that as we move around more freely, flu infections will circulate again.

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection. It may be mild in some, but it can cause very serious illness, hospitalisation and even death in otherwise healthy people. It is especially serious for babies, people aged over 65 years, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women.

Immunisation is a safe and effective way to help protect you from the flu. By getting immunised, you also help protect those that are too ill or too young to be immunised and help slow the spread of the disease.

It is important to get the flu vaccine every year. The virus strains that cause the flu change each year and the vaccine changes each year to match these strains. At Chemist Warehouse we will be using the 2022 quadrivalent vaccine from mid-March for the flu immunisation service.

Who should get a flu shot?

Annual immunisation against the flu is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.

Who is eligible for a free flu shot?

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
  • Children 6mo to less than 5 years old.

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 believe you may eligible for a free vaccine, 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.


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


We may disclose your personal information to third parties for a purpose directly related to your vaccine administration. This includes (but is not limited to) disclosure of your personal information to the Australian Immunisation Register, Medicare, medical personnel who are the service providers of the immunisation, other third parties as required by law. We may use and disclose your personal information to third parties to assist in contact tracing and the management of the Coronavirus pandemic by health officials. This includes (but is not limited to) providing your personal information to the relevant departments of health (or similar government bodies or organisations). We may additionally use and disclose your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy which can be found here.

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 [email protected]