7 Things to know about this year's flu vaccination
22 February 2016
- Flu immunisation is needed every year to maximise protection. The vaccine is changed annually to take account of the strains likely to be circulating in the community.
- This year a vaccine protecting against four strains of the virus (quadrivalent influenza vaccine or QIV) and a cheaper one protecting against three strains (trivalent influenza vaccine or TIV) will be available.
- People getting free flu vaccine under the National Immunisation Program will be given QIV. Those eligible are:
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 6 months to less than 5 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged more than 15 years
- Everyone who is 65 or older
- Everyone older than 6 months who has a medical condition putting them at risk of complications from flu.
2. New Flu Protections following High Season. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2015-ley133.htm
3. Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Vaccination Services. https://www.guild.org.au/services-programs/vaccination-services