You are here

Flu vaccination 2018

The 2018 Influenza Vaccine is now available at Glebe Hill Family Practice.

Private vaccine is available for $20.

National Immunisation Program funded (free) vaccine will be available towards the end of April 2018.

Timing of vaccination

Annual vaccination before the onset of each influenza season is recommended. The period of peak influenza circulation is typically June to September for most parts of Australia. While protection is generally expected to last for the whole season, optimal protection against influenza occurs within the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination. 

With this in mind, we are starting dedicated Flu Clinics at Glebe Hill Family Practice on Saturday 28th April. 

Please phone 6169 0000 to book into one of our Flu Clinics.

Who should have the Flu vaccine?

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older. Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications.

Influenza vaccines are funded on the NIP in 2018 for the following groups due to their increased risk of complications from influenza:

  • All children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged 6 months to under 5 years, or 15 years and over
  • All adults aged ≥65 years
  • All persons aged ≥6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (see table below)
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy) 
Medical conditions associated with an increased risk of influenza disease complications and for which individuals are eligible for free vaccination under the NIP:
Cardiac disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
Chronic respiratory conditions
  • Severe asthma
  • COPD, or emphyesema
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
Chronic neurological conditions
  • Hereditary and degenerative CNS diseases
  • Seizure disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neuromuscular disorders
Immunocompromising conditions
  • Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment
  • Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
  • HIV infection
Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
  • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
  • Coeliac disease
Renal diseaseChronic kidney disease
Haematological disordersHaemoglobinopathies
Long term aspirin therapy in children aged 6 months to 10 years 

 

The 2018 Influenza Vaccines

Influenza vaccines can change from year to year as new strains of influenza virus appear. This is one reason vaccination against influenza is given every year. This year, five quadrivalent and two trivalent influenza vaccines will be available.

The quadrivalent vaccines include two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains, and there are products available for all age groups from 6 months of age. These quadrivalent vaccines contain the following strains:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
  • B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

The trivalent vaccines include two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain. These formulations provide an enhanced immune response and are only recommended for patients aged 65 years and over. These vaccines will contain the following strains:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

 

Different vaccine formulations are suitable for certain age groups:

2018 Influenza Vaccines
QUADRIVALENT VACCINES
FluQuadri Junior6-35 months (< 3 years)
FluQuadri3 years and over
Fluarix Tetra3 years and over
Influvac Tetra18 years and over
Afluria Quad18 years and over
TRIVALENT VACCINES
Fluzone High Dose65 years and over
Fluad65 years and over

Children aged 6 months to <9 years receiving influenza vaccine for the first time require 2 doses, at least 4 weeks apart, to maximise the immune response to the vaccine strains. For children who have previously received 1 or more doses of trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine, only 1 dose of influenza vaccine is required in the current season and all seasons thereafter.

This information was sourced from the Australian Government Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Adminstration website (https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/2018-seasonal-influenza-vaccines), and the Immunise Australia website (http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/).