Please note the 2019 flu vaccine for those aged 65+ has not been released by the Government. Release date still to be announced.
The Australian Government funds the cost of vaccines for people who are at high risk of influenza and its complications under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
People aged 65 years and over can receive their Government funded vaccine at Friendlies (subject to vaccine availability). While the cost of the vaccine is funded by the Government, a $10 pharmacy consultation fee applies.
The trivalent vaccines include two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain. These formulations covered under the NIP either have an increased amount of the virus strain, or an extra ingredient to provide an enhanced immune response over the quadrivalent vaccines in those aged 65 years and above. This is why the trivalent vaccines are only recommended for patients aged 65 years and over.
If you’re an eligible HBF Health member, this $10 fee may be fully covered. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program you can visit your GP. It’s important to note that while the vaccine itself is free, your GP may charge a consultation fee.
For further information on the National Immunisation Program go to www.immunise.health.gov.au