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2015 government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine information

A preallocated initial influenza vaccine delivery is usually expected in March. It will be automatically delivered 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.

 The 2015 seasonal influenza preallocation is to be advised.

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 who are 65 years of age and over
  • 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
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Any person 6 months of age and older with a chronic condition predisposing to severe influenza illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation, including children aged 6 months to 10 years undergoing long-term aspirin therapy, and people with:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • renal disease
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • haematological disorders
    • Down syndrome and fall under one of the above categories
    • obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2) and fall under one of the above categories
    • alcoholism requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation in the preceding year and fall under one of the above categories.