Children aged <5 years are strongly recommended to receive influenza vaccine every year
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 Therapeutic Goods Administration registers specific brands of influenza vaccine for use in children from 6 months of age. These may change each year. See Vaccine information and Vaccines, dosage and administration.
Printed content may be out of date. For up to date information, always refer to the digital version: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/recommendations/children-aged-0.