Ararat Rural City Council's Maternal and Child Health services provide free flu vaccines to pregnant women and children under five as part of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Immunisation Program.
Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison encouraged people to get vaccinated for their and the community's safety.
"Now is the optimum time for people to get their flu jab, so we can suppress the spread before the peak of the season," he said.
"Prevention measures against influenza strains are very important for the safety of our community, especially among vulnerable groups.
"Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection and hospitalises more children under five than any other preventable disease.
"The virus also greatly increases the risk of complications with pregnancy, even if you are generally healthy."
Council's Maternal and Child Health nurses have already vaccinated more than 50 children.
People eligible, or have children eligible for the free vaccine, can phone the Maternal and Child Health Centre to make an appointment on 5355 0224.
Others are also encouraged to contact their general practitioners or pharmacists about influenza vaccinations.