Flu vaccination for children

Flu shots for children poster
May 23, 2019

The Flu vaccination program is here - and with an already high number of cases reported, now is the time to get your child vaccinated.

What is the flu?

Influenza (the flu) is an illness that typically affects the nose, throat and lungs and can spread easily. One in three children who catch the flu are hospitalised and most flu-related hospital admissions and deaths occur in previously healthy children.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the influenza vaccine. The vaccine will give your child immunity for up to 6-12 months.

Getting the flu vaccine for free

The flu vaccine is free for children most at risk, including:
  • All children aged six months to four years of age
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from six months onwards
  • All children on long-term aspirin therapy, from six months of age onwards
  • All children from six months of age with a chronic medical condition, including:
  • severe asthma
  • chronic lung disease
  • liver, kidney or heart conditions
  • diseases of the nervous system
  • impaired immunity including cancer
  • diabetes
  • metabolic or blood disorders
  • Trisomy 21.

Where can my child(ren) receive the flu vaccine?

If your child is eliigble for the free vaccine, you can visit the Stan Perron Immunisation Centre, Level 1, Clinic D from 8.30am - 4pm - no appointment necessary.

If your child is not eligible for the free vaccine, you can go to your GP or check the Immunisation section of Healthy WA.

For more information, read our Health Fact about the flu vaccine here.