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Date: 24/05/2019     Contact telephone number: 1300 232 272  (24 hours/7 days)

 

Influenza Vaccination Update


Influenza notifications in South Australia continue at more than 10 times that at the same time in 2017 and 2018, with 14,094 notifications caused by influenza infection (to 19 May).

In 2019, over 510,259 influenza vaccines have been distributed under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and State programs in South Australia. This is enough to vaccinate more than 100% of those eligible under the NIP. Please ensure funded vaccine is only administered to eligible groups. Under the NIP free influenza vaccination is available for:

  • Persons aged 65 years and older.
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons aged 6 months and older.
  • Medically at risk persons aged 6 months and older
    • Cardiac disease: cyanotic congenital heart disease, congestive cardiac failure, coronary artery disease
    • Chronic respiratory conditions: severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic emphysema
    • Chronic neurological conditions: hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases, seizure disorders, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders
    • Immunocompromising conditions: immunocompromised due to disease or treatment, asplenia or splenic dysfunction, HIV infection
    •  Diabetes (type 1 or 2) and other chronic metabolic disorders
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Haemoglobinopathies
    • Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 6 months to 10 years.

Under the South Australian Government funded program free influenza vaccine is available for:

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years who are not eligible under the NIP above.
  • Healthcare workers in SA Health services.

Vaccination of those 65 years and over

  • Enough Fluad® vaccine for persons ³ 65 years has been distributed to immunise 101% of this population. SA Health is arranging for further supplies of vaccine in the unlikely event of additional demand.
  • Providers are advised to:
    • Use Fluad® if your practice still has sufficient supplies.
    • Substitute quadrivalent vaccine (Fluarix® Tetra, FluQuadri™ or Afluria®Quad) for Fluad® if you practice has no supply of Fluad®.
  • There is no recommendation for persons ³ 65 years to receive more than one influenza vaccine per year (unless receiving vaccine for the first time after a transplant) even if the first vaccine was a quadrivalent vaccine.

Vaccination of those 6 months to less than 65 years

  • There are adequate supplies of the quadrivalent vaccines (FluQuadri™ Junior, Fluarix® Tetra, FluQuadri™ and Afluria®Quad.
  • Only administer funded vaccine to those who are eligible under the NIP or state-funded programs.

Dr Louise Flood - Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch
For all enquiries please contact the CDCB on 1300 232 272

For public health alerts see: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/HealthAlerts
For information on notification see: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/NotifiableDiseaseReporting
For weekly epidemiology reports see: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/SurveillanceNotifiableConditions
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