Target Influenza Immunisation Schedule

Target Influenza Immunisation Schedule

Before administering a flu vaccine, check you have the correct vaccine for the person's age

6 months - <3 years (ALL children)        NEW FluQuadri Junior
3 - <5 years (ALL children)                     NEW FluQuadri or Fluarix Tetra

5 - 9 years

* at increased risk of complications from sever influenza infections

Fluarix Tetra or FluQuadri
Children aged 6 months to <9 years receiving influenza vaccine for the first time require 2 doses, 4 weeks apart. Only one dose is required in subsequent years. 

10 - 64 years

* at increased risk of complications from severe influenza infections

FluQuadri or Fluarix Tetra or Afluria Quad (over 18 years only)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 - 64 years FluQuadri or Fluarix Tetra or Afluria Quad (over 18 years only)
Pregnant women (in any trimester) FluQuadri or Fluarix Tetra or Afluria Quad (over 18 years only)
65 years and over                                     NEWFluzone High Dose or Fluad

* Conditions predisposing to severe influenza include the following:

Cardiac disease: Cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure

Chronic respiratory conditions: Suppurative lung disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic emphysema

Severe asthma defined as requiring frequent hospital visits and the use of multiple medications

Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation in the previous year: Diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, haemoglobulinopathies, impaired immunity (including drug induced immune impairment)

Chronic neurological conditions that can compromise respiratory function: Multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, other neurological conditions

People with impaired immunity: HIV infection, malignancy, chronic steroid use, asplenia or splenic dysfunction

Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 6 months – 10 years.

Influenza vaccine is also strongly recommended, but not funded, for other groups of people.

For further information contact Department of Health, Population Health Services – Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit 1800 671 738.

For further details refer to the online edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook

Updated July 2018