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Seasonal influenza vaccine

Seasonal influenza vaccine – Up to date ATAGI recommendations, vaccine eligibility criteria and resources

Key messages

  • Special risk groups are eligible to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
  • Influenza vaccine is free for all infants and children from six months to under five years of age.
  • Influenza vaccine is free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from six months and older
  • Age-specific, adjuvanted influenza vaccine is available for those aged 65 years and older.
  • Always check you have the correct vaccine for the person’s age before administering.
  • Make sure you report all vaccinations, including influenza vaccinations, to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
  • There is no interval required between administration of COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccine.

Eligibility for the free influenza vaccine 

The following people are eligible to receive a free seasonal influenza vaccine:

  • people aged six months to less than five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged  six months and older
  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and older
  • people aged six months and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.

Children under nine years receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

Timing of influenza vaccination

Everyone should get an annual influenza vaccine anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September.

However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated as influenza can spread all year round.

Pregnant women should receive the vaccine at any stage during pregnancy.

ATAGI clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines,

Ordering vaccine

Registered immunisation providers in Victoria can order government-funded vaccines via the online ordering facility.

Report to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

It is now mandatory for all vaccination providers to report influenza vaccinations to the AIR. This came into effect on 1 March 2021.

Make sure you report all vaccinations, including influenza vaccinations, to the AIR.

Promote the free vaccine to your patients

Commonwealth resources

Seasonal influenza vaccine resources for vaccination providers and consumers.

Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice

ATAGI advice on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2022

ATAGI clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines

The Australian Immunisation Handbook

View the influenza chapter in The Australian Immunisation Handbook 

Reviewed 15 September 2022

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