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2022 FLU VACCINES
2022 influenza vaccination
Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. It is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over.
Vaccination against influenza this year is even more important. Over the COVID-19 period there has been lower exposure to influenza virus and lower levels of influenza vaccine coverage compared to previous years. With borders reopening a possible resurgence of influenza can occur in 2022.
The highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination. Annual vaccination should ideally occur before the onset of each influenza season. This is usually from June to September in most parts of Australia but may be atypical this year. Vaccinating from April provides protection before the peak season.
Eligibility for 2022 influenza vaccines through the NIP
Eligibility for influenza vaccines under the NIP remains unchanged for 2022 and includes:
children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age
adults aged 65 years and over
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of complications.
Further information and resources about 2022 NIP seasonal influenza vaccines will be made available shortly.