Vaccination experts recommend influenza vaccination for all people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated). The National Immunisation Program (NIP) funds influenza vaccines for people most at risk.
Advice for vaccination providers
- Order 2021 influenza vaccines: NIP vaccine distribution is through the usual channels in your state or territory. Contact your state or territory immunisation program with any questions about ordering influenza vaccines.
- Support scheduling of vaccinations: When scheduling influenza and COVID‑19 vaccinations:
- People in earlier phases for COVID-19 vaccination should have the COVID-19 vaccine as soon they can, and then plan their influenza vaccination.
- People in later phases for COVID-19 vaccination should have the influenza vaccine as soon as they can, and then have the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them.
- Check COVID-19 vaccination status: Before booking and administering an influenza vaccine, check to ensure a minimum interval of 7 days between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 vaccine is observed. In some situations a shorter interval (including co-administration) is acceptable.
- Ensure vaccine safety: Use the correct influenza vaccine for your patient’s age, and always check the patient’s age before vaccination.
- Report to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR): From 1 March 2021, it is mandatory for vaccination providers to report to the AIR all influenza vaccinations administered.
- Promote the free vaccine to eligible people: Promotional materials including posters and brochures are being distributed to practices. Download these resources from the Influenza collection.
Resources for vaccination providers
- Reference guide – 2021 NIP influenza vaccines
- Clinical advice for vaccination providers – 2021 influenza vaccines
- Clinical advice for vaccination providers – influenza vaccines for pregnant women
- ATAGI Statement – administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2021
- ATAGI Statement – administering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Influenza (flu)
- NCIRS resources for health professionals – Influenza vaccination in 2021
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