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From 1 April 2019, a single dose of the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (Nimenrix®) protecting against serogroups A, C W and Y will be provided free to year 10 students and adolescents aged 15 - 19 who missed receiving the vaccine at school.
From 1 April 2019, new rules are being introduced to help make private health insurance simpler, more affordable. This will make it easier for you to choose the cover that best suits you and your family.
The 2019–20 Federal Budget details the Australian Government's commitment to supporting lifesaving medical research. The Budget includes a $5 billion 10-year investment plan from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Australians at risk from influenza are encouraged to obtain free vaccination, with more than six million doses of the latest influenza vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in 2019.
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged six months and over (unless contraindicated) to reduce their chance of becoming ill with influenza.
Annual influenza vaccination is the most important way to prevent influenza and its complications. Annual vaccination is recommended for anyone aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the risk of influenza and its complications.