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Flu vaccine for children

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years (i.e. the day before they turn 5) can receive the flu vaccine for free.
  • Flu is a highly contagious disease.
  • Children are at risk of serious health complications if they get flu.

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is a highly contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. Children are at higher risk of serious complications from flu.

It is strongly recommended that children aged between six months and five years are immunised against the flu every year.

Watch the video below to learn about why flu immunisation is so important for children.

Why should children get the flu vaccine?

Rates of flu infection and hospitalisation are highest among young children.

Children who become infected with flu can develop serious illnesses, including convulsions (seizures or fits) and diarrhoea.

The majority of childhood flu-related hospitalisations and deaths occur among children without underlying medical conditions.

Infographic showing statistics about influenza immunisation in WA children in 2017

Where can my child get vaccinated?

The flu vaccine is available in metropolitan and country WA from immunisation providers including GP clinics, community health clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services.

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Last reviewed: 06-05-2019

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Where can I get my vaccine?