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The flu vaccine is now available at all district public immunisation sessions with additional appointments in the evening during May and June available at the Mernda Community Activity Centre.

The vaccine is free of charge for children from six months and under five years old, people five years and over, with a medical risk factor, pregnant women, people over 65 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages. For everyone else, the flu vaccine is available at a cost of $22 per dose. 

Getting the flu vaccine not only protects the individual but it also helps stops the spread to those who might be vulnerable.

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Northern Health is encouraging community members to speak to their local GPs, pharmacy or other immunisations provider about getting vaccinated against influenza, to help protect themselves and their loved ones this winter.

Northern Health chief executive Siva Sivarajah received his flu shot recently and said the vaccine was an important step in boosting immunity this winter.

“It is that time of the year when we roll up our sleeves to protect ourselves, our community and our loved ones,” he said.

The flu vaccine is our best defence in preparation for the winter season ahead.”

City of Whittlesea Council also organises workplace immunisation sessions. Businesses that would like to protect their staff from the flu can contact the Whittlesea immunisation team to arrange or get more information.  

Residents can get up to date with their vaccinations by attending a free immunisation session at Mill Park Baptist Church on April 26 at 12.30 to 2.30pm. The day will also keep the children entertained with face painting, arts and craft activities, a free children’s book and fruit.

To learn more and to book a 2024 flu vaccine, visit

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