Influenza (Flu) vaccination 2022
Influenza (Flu) vaccination through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) is expected to become available during April 2022. The Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. The flu vaccination is recommended annually for all people aged 6 months and over and is free for primary school-aged children and for people with a medical condition, such as cystic fibrosis.
With borders reopening, a resurgence of influenza is expected in 2022, so it is highly recommended you plan ahead and make an appointment for your vaccination. As COVID-19 vaccines can now be co-administered (given on the same day) with a flu vaccine, this is a great way to ensure you and your family are up to date with your COVID and flu vaccinations. Anyone planning international travel should also ensure they have had a 2022 influenza vaccination before they leave.
Annual vaccination is generally recommended before the onset of the influenza season. The peak influenza period is typically June to September in most parts of Australia but this may be different this year, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and the return of international travel. While protection is generally expected to last throughout the year, the highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months after vaccination, so having your flu vaccination in April provides protection before cases peak.
Vaccines at Clinic
If you have a child living with CF, influenza vaccinations may be available on request during their PCH outpatient’s appointment from mid-April. This is dependent on the availability of vaccines and immunisation staff on the day.
If you are an adult living with CF and attending a scheduled appointment at your CF clinic, flu vaccinations are available on request however, dependent on the availability of vaccines.
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Timing Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccinations
As of December 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) have recommended that the Influenza vaccine can be co-administered with COVID-19 vaccines. Subject to availability of influenza vaccines, an ideal time to vaccinate could be on the same day as a COVID-19 booster vaccine.
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