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2015 government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine information

A preallocated initial influenza vaccine delivery is usually expected in March. Due to a double strain change there has been a lengthy delay to the start date of the 2015 influenza season This year’s preallocated vaccine will be automatically delivered mid April to medical centres, community health services and Aboriginal health services. Do not book patients for the vaccine until your influenza vaccine stock has arrived. After the initial delivery has arrived you can place further orders.

What is your influenza vaccine preallocation?

There will be a delay to the start of the 2015 influenza season. Two of the strains in the 2015 trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine composition differ from those in the 2014 vaccine, which complicates the vaccine manufacturing process. This will result in up to one month’s delay, bringing the start of the annual influenza vaccination program to April. The volume of vaccine for the 2015 season will not be affected, only the timing of distribution.

  Your 2015 seasonal influenza preallocation is attached.

2015 influenza vaccine Preallocation

How much influenza vaccine did you receive last year?

View your total number of influenza vaccines delivered last year

   2014 influenza vaccine delivered

The 2015 Southern Hemisphere influenza season vaccine strains are:

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09 - like virus
  • A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2) - like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013 – like virus (Yamagata lineage)

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) selected influenza viruses for the composition of the trivalent influenza vaccines. The expert committee reviewed and evaluated the surveillance data and the Therapeutic Goods Administration accepted the recommendations of the AIVC.

Government supplied influenza vaccine brands

  • Fluarix® (GSK)
  • Fluvax® (bio CSL) – Do not use in children under 5 years of age
  • Vaxigrip® and Vaxigrip Junior (Sanofi-aventis)

Eligible groups for free government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant women, at any time during their pregnancy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to under five years and 15 years and older
  • any person over six months of age with a condition predisposing them to severe influenza illness requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation, including children aged six months to 10 years undergoing long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • Down syndrome and fall under one of the above categories
    • obesity defined as a body mass index (BMI) = 40 kg/m2 and fall under one of the above categories
    • chronic liver disease and fall under one of the above categories
    • residents of aged care facilities and long-term residential care facilities and fall under one of the above categories.