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 provides the best protection against current flu virus strains.
The best time to vaccinate is autumn, but flu vaccine can be given at any time during the flu season while vaccine is available. It usually takes up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to provide protection.
Influenza Immunisation Program in 2021
Save the date
The 2021 Flu program information sessions for health professionals will be held on the 2nd and 4th March at the Adelaide Pavilion from 6:00-9:00 pm. Information on these sessions and registration details will be sent out to immunisation providers of the Annual Funded Influenza Program early in 2021.
Flu News emails
Immunisation providers who are registered to receive funded vaccines will receive the Flu News, via weekly emails, from late February 2021 and throughout the flu season. These should be disseminated to all staff each week so they are aware of the most up to date information about the flu season and flu immunisation program.
Information on influenza vaccine availability, ordering and maintaining immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here.
People with egg allergy
People with egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safety vaccinated with influenza vaccines. You do not have to be vaccinated in a hospital setting. If you have an egg allergy please discuss this with your immunisation provider.
Vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program
All funded vaccines available for use in Australia for the 2020 influenza season are quadrivalent (four strains- two influenza A and two influenza B) and contain the following strains:
an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus and
a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
All funded flu vaccines available in Australia in 2020 are latex free.
Eligible groups under the National Immunisation Program
As part of the 2020 Annual Influenza Program free flu vaccination is available for people who are at greater risk of disease and developing complications if they get the flu.
The free flu vaccine is available for:
all pregnant women (any trimester)
people six months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:
chronic respiratory conditions, including severe asthma
chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases and seizure disorders
immunocompromising conditions , including immunocompromised due to disease or treatment
diabetes and other metabolic disorders
haematological disorders, including haemoglobinopathies
children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy who are at increased risk of Reye syndrome following influenza infection.
all children aged six months to less than five years of age
all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
all people aged 65 years and over
State Funded Influenza Program for people who are homeless
Adults and children who are homeless and are not eligible for free flu vaccines under the Commonwealth Government’s Annual Influenza Program, are eligible to receive influenza vaccines for free under a new State Funded Influenza Program.
Two doses of vaccine at least one month apart are recommended for children aged less than 9 years, when getting flu vaccine for the first time, to improve their immune response. If a child only received one flu vaccine in their first year, they only require one each subsequent year.
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:
To receive the annual flu vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre, Aboriginal health centre or an approved pharmacy. For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.
For further information on the annual funded influenza programs contact your local doctor or immunisation provider.
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Annual Funded Influenza Program: 2020 South Australia Schedule
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2020 Influenza Program - What you need to know
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Flu vaccine facts
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Flu vaccine for children - What you need to know
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2020 Funded Annual Influenza Program Consumer FAQ
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Seasonal flu vaccine recommendations, possible side effects and how to reduce the effects.
A collection of resources and links relating to influenza including alerts, campaigns, immunisation and medicines information
Australian Immunisation Handbook - Influenza Chapter
NCIRS - Influenza fact sheet
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