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Updates on 09/04/2019

Influenza (flu)

ATAGI annual statement for seasonal influenza vaccines is available here: https://beta.health.gov.au/resources/publications/atagi-advice-on-seasonal-influenza-vaccines-in-2019

  • The ¬†indicated ages for Fluarix Tetra and Afluria Quad have been extended. Fluarix Tetra can be used as a 0.5 mL dose in children aged 6 months and older, down from 3 years.
  • The recommendation for administration during pregnancy has been updated. Pregnant women can receive influenza vaccine during any stage of pregnancy. The timing of vaccination should be considered in relation to the influenza season and vaccine availability. Please refer to the recommendation for further details.
  • 'People who are travelling during the influenza season are strongly recommended to receive influenza vaccine, especially if influenza is circulating in the destination region or in settings with increased risk of influenza circulation during the trip. Please refer to the recommendations for travellers for further details.