Annual Funded Influenza Program: 2021 South Australia Schedule
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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 vaccines 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.
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.
All funded vaccines available for use in Australia for the 2021 influenza season are quadrivalent (four strains- two influenza A and two influenza B) and contain the following strains:
For information on the vaccines available as part of the National Immunisation Program see the Annual Funded Influenza Program 2021 South Australia Schedule (PDF 53KB).
All funded flu vaccines available in Australia in 2021 are latex free.
As part of the 2021 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:
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.
• Please refer to the ATAGI Advice on the relative timing of administering influenza and COVID 19 vaccines in 2021 for the most up to date information regarding recommended intervals between influenza and COVID-19 vaccines
In addition to those eligible for the free flu vaccine, the following groups are strongly recommended to have the vaccine:
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 are considered at risk.
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.
Information for Immunisation Providers on influenza vaccine availability, ordering and maintaining immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic is available Influenza Immunisation Program fact sheet (PDF 576KB).
For further information on the annual funded influenza programs contact your local doctor or immunisation provider.