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2014 government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine information

A preallocated initial influenza vaccine delivery is 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?

The 2014 preallocation has been distributed.

How much influenza vaccine did you receive last year?

View your total number of influenza vaccines delivered last year

  2013 influenza vaccine delivered

Influenza vaccine strains

  • A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, 15 µg HA per dose
  • A (H3N2): an A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus, 15 µg HA per dose
  • B: a B/Massachusetts/02/2012-like virus, 15 µg HA per dose.

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 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.