Flu vaccination reimbursement for children and carers

Influenza (the flu) is not just a common cold. It's a highly contagious infection of the airways that can be life-threatening. It affects people of all ages but poses a grave risk for babies, young children, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions. It can lead to hospitalisation and even death.

Health department recommendations

The Department of Health and Aged Care recommends receiving annual flu vaccine from April onwards to ensure protection for the peak flu season, generally from June to September.

The highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination. For further information about the flu vaccine, the Department of Health has released a Questions about vaccination guide.

Access to free influzenza vaccinations

Flu vaccines are provided free under the National Immunisation Program for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over six months
  • Children aged six months to 5 years
  • Pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged six months and over with a medical condition that means they have a higher risk of getting serious disease

Queensland residents over the age of six months can access free vaccination in 2024.

Claiming your LWB influzenza vaccination reimbursement

For people unable to receive free vaccination, Life Without Barriers offers a $20 reimbursement scheme for staff, clients, and carers. Carers can claim the reimbursement by providing their vaccination receipt(s) to their key worker.

For further information on influzenza and vaccines, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care Website.

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