People who should be immunised against the flu
The following individuals in WA are eligible to receive Commonwealth-funded vaccine:
• Pregnant women (any trimester).
• Persons 65 years of age or older.
• Aboriginal people aged at least 6 months but less than 5 years; or 15 years or older.
• Individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that place them at risk for complications of influenza, namely:
• Cardiac disease.
• Chronic respiratory conditions.
• Chronic neurological conditions.
• Impaired immunity.
• Diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
• Renal disease.
• Haematological disorders.
• Children aged 6 months to 10 years receiving long term aspirin therapy.
Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years are eligible to receive State-funded influenza vaccine.
Immunisation is also recommended for
• Public and private hospital staff who provide direct care to people.
• Staff in long-term care facilities or nursing homes.
• People who live with, or care for someone who has a chronic illness or is aged over 65 years.
• Carers of homeless people.
• Workers, particularly those in workplaces that provide essential services.
• People who work with children.
• People involved in the commercial poultry and pig industry.
• Workers in other high-risk industries.
• Anyone visiting parts of the world where flu is circulating, especially if travelling in a group.
(Information from health.wa.gov.au and betterhealth.vic.gov.au )