Flu vaccines and support materials in practices now
The 2019 National Immunisation Program (NIP) seasonal influenza vaccines are now available from general practices across the country. There are four age-specific quadrivalent influenza vaccines available at no cost to eligible people. Practices should also have received educational and promotional communication resources for to support awareness and uptake of influenza vaccines.
For those aged 65 years and over, an enhanced trivalent influenza vaccine is preferentially recommended and available.
People eligible for a free influenza vaccine through the NIP include:
- pregnant women;
- people aged 65 years and over;
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over; and
- people aged six months and over with certain medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza.
Resources for vaccination providers:
- 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines – clinical advice for vaccination providers (factsheet)
- 2019 National Immunisation Program (NIP) influenza vaccines (factsheet for providers)
- Check age before giving the flu shot (safety sticker for vaccine refrigerators)
- ATAGI statement on 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines
- The flu vaccine – poster for general setting
- The flu vaccine – poster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander setting
Resources for consumers:
- The flu vaccine – factsheet for consumers
- The flu vaccine – factsheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Hardcopy materials, accompanied by correspondence from the Chief Medical Officer, have been mailed to vaccination providers around the country. The resources are also available for download or order online through the Department’s immunisation website.