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2018 Annual Influenza Program

Eligible groups for free vaccines under the National Immunisation Program

Vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program

Not free but highly recommended

Occupations at risk of preventable

Accessing the vaccine

Further information

Influenza (flu) vaccination

Influenza (flu) vaccination is recommended every year for any person 6 months of age and over who would like to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with the flu.

As the strains of flu virus can change from year to year, receiving a flu vaccine every year ensures you are protected against current flu virus strains.

State Funded Childhood Influenza Program

Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age are eligible to receive influenza vaccine under the State Funded Childhood Influenza Program.

> Children aged 6 months to less than 3 years of age are eligible to receive the FluQuadri Junior® vaccine

> Children aged 3 years to less than 5 years of age are eligible to receive FluQuadri® vaccine

Eligible groups for free vaccines under the National Immunisation Program

As part of the Annual Influenza Program (PDF 55KB), free flu vaccination is available for people who are at greater risk of developing complications if they get the flu.

The flu vaccine is free to:

  • everyone aged 65 years and over
  • all pregnant women (any trimester)
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months up to 5 years of age
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years of age and over
  • people six months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions including severe asthma
    • other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, for example diabetes, chronic renal (kidney) failure, chronic metabolic disease and haemoglobinopathies
    • chronic neurological conditions that may impact on respiratory function including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders and other neuromuscular disorders
    • people with impaired immunity, including HIV infection, malignancy and chronic steroid use
    • children on long term aspirin therapy

Vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program  

Trivalent influenza vaccines (three strains-two influenza A and one influenza B).

Fluad® or Fluzone®  

Those aged 65 years of age  or older.

The high dose or adjuvanted vaccines are formulated to produce a higher immune response for older people.

Alert: Fluad® influenza vaccine and risk to latex sensitive individuals

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have confirmed the presence of natural rubber latex in the needle sheath of the trivalent influenza vaccine Fluad® and have advised that anyone with a severe allergy to latex should not receive Fluad®. In addition to this, as a precautionary measure, SA Health is advising that anyone with a known sensitivity or allergy to latex should not receive Fluad®. There are no safety concerns regarding the Fluad® vaccine itself.  Fluzone® is latex free and can be used as alternative for those aged 65 years of age and over.

Quadrivalent influenza vaccines (four strains-two influenza A and two influenza B).

FluQuadri® or Fluarix® Tetra

For use in those aged 3 years of age and older, including:

  • Those with medical risk factors aged 3 years to 65 years of age
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged 3 years to less than 5 years or from 15 years to 65 years of age
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)

AfluriaQuad®

For use in those aged 18 years of age and over, including:

  • Those with medical risk factors
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)

FluQuadri Junior®

For use in those aged 6 months to less than 3 years of age, including:

  • Those with medical risk factors

Not free but highly recommended

In addition to those eligible for the free flu vaccine, the following groups are strongly recommended to have the vaccine:

  • health care workers
  • anyone who works in a nursing home or long term care facility
  • anyone who lives in a household with a person who is in a high risk category
  • people providing essential services, for example police or ambulance officers
  • travellers
  • anyone over 5 years of age who wishes to reduce the likelihood of getting the flu
  • staff working in early childhood education and care
  • anyone providing care to homeless people.

Occupations at risk of preventable

Some occupations are at an increased risk of catching or passing on the flu to others, please refer to the Occupations at risk of vaccine preventable diseases page to see if you considered at risk.

Accessing the vaccine

To receive the annual flu vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment. 

For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.

Further information

For further information on the Annual Influenza Program contact your local doctor or immunisation provider.

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