The annual National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program will commence in April 2017.
Annual seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for any person aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza. Australian Government advice and recommendations on the National Influenza Vaccination Program are available as are links to Australian Government resources.
Four free vaccines are available under the National Influenza Vaccination Program:
- FluQuadri™ for people 36 months of age and older
- Fluarix Tetra® for people 36 months of age and older
- FluQuadri™ Junior for children aged 6-35 months
- Afluria Quad® for people 18 years of age and older
Free influenza vaccine
Free seasonal influenza vaccine is available for the following people:
- all people aged 65 years and over
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 5 years
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- pregnant women
- people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza, namely:
- cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
- chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
- other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
- chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
- impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
Latex in vaccines
In 2017, all of the quadrivalent influenza vaccines available under the Naitonal Immunisation Program are latex-free.
Recommendations for children
Eligible children aged 6-35 months should receive FluQuadri™ Junior while children aged 36 months and older should receive Fluarix Tetra® or FluQuadri™.
Two doses of influenza vaccine at least one month apart are recommended for children aged less than 9 years who are receiving influenza vaccine for the first time.
This information is from the NSW Government Health website