Free influenza vaccine for children
Free influenza vaccine for children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
From 2018, the Queensland Government will provide free influenza vaccine for children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age.
The free vaccine will be made available through general practices and other childhood immunisation providers.
Influenza causes substantial illness in children and vaccination is proven to reduce a child’s risk of contracting influenza and suffering from its complications. This initiative will expand on the current program offered through the National Immunisation Program which funds vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age and for children over 6 months with conditions predisposing to severe influenza.
Children contribute greatly to the spread of influenza in the community, and the risks of serious complications for children who contract influenza are high. Vaccinating young children also protects the wider community by reducing the circulating influenza strains.
Resources for vaccine service providers
- Watch a short video on why recommending influenza vaccination for young children is essential
- Video transcript (DOC, 26KB)
- Infographic ‘Why recommending influenza vaccination for young children is essential’ (PDF, 193KB)
- Template letter for parents of eligible children
- Template SMS messages for parents of eligible children