Carers and household contacts of people in high-risk groups are strongly recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine.

Carers and household contacts who should be vaccinated include:

  • all healthcare providers, particularly those caring for people who are immunocompromised
  • household contacts (including children ≥6 months of age) of people in high-risk groups, including people who provide home care to people at high risk of influenza 
  • people working in early childhood education and care
  • staff or volunteers caring for homeless people

This is because these people can transmit influenza to people who have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection

See Recommended vaccines for people at increased risk of certain occupationally acquired vaccine-preventable diseases in Vaccination for people at occupational risk.

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Last updated: 
7 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
7 June 2018