Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions in Australia. It is a vital method of reducing the incidence of, and deaths from, various vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Australian Medical Association (WA) advocates keenly for effective, evidence-based immunisation programs, increased uptake of immunisation for high-risk groups and for preventing the spread of misinformation and conspiracy surrounding immunisation.


Influenza (the flu) is a contagious and potentially severe respiratory disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Australians every year. Vaccination is the best defence against the flu. It is a safe and effective way to protect ourselves and others from the disease. The influenza virus is always changing and evolving, so the flu vaccine changes each year too. The flu vaccine works by exposing our immune system to tiny amounts of inactivated flu virus. Once our immune system is able to recognise the flu virus, it can produce antibodies (tiny proteins) to fight the infection. The flu vaccine itself does not contain any live virus so you can’t get influenza from the vaccine.

The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone aged six months and over and is free for those most at risk. For more information, contact your GP or click on our Flu Vaccine Poster below.