Infants and children aged 6 months to <5 years are strongly recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine.
Children aged 6 months to <9 years who are receiving influenza vaccine for the first time are recommended to receive 2 doses of influenza vaccine. They should receive the 2 doses 4 weeks apart.
These children are recommended to receive 1 dose of influenza vaccine every year after that.
Infants and children aged <5 years have a higher risk of hospitalisation and increased morbidity after influenza.3,4 This is true for all children, not just those with pre-existing medical conditions.5-7
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.