Annual Funded Influenza Program: 2022 South Australia Schedule
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Influenza (flu) vaccination is recommended every year for any person 6 months of age and over, who would like to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.
As the strains of the influenza virus can change from year to year, receiving an influenza vaccine every year provides the best protection against current influenza virus strains.
The best time to vaccinate is autumn, but influenza vaccines can be given at any time during the influenza season while vaccine is available. It usually takes up to two weeks for the influenza vaccine to provide protection.
People with egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safety vaccinated with influenza vaccines. You do not have to be vaccinated in a hospital setting. If you have an egg allergy please discuss this with your immunisation provider.
All funded vaccines available for use in Australia for the 2022 influenza season are quadrivalent (four strains - two influenza A and two influenza B) and contain the following strains:
For information on the vaccines available as part of the National Immunisation Program see the Annual Funded Influenza Program 2022 South Australia Schedule (PDF 59KB).
All funded flu vaccines available in Australia in 2022 are latex-free.
In 2022, free influenza vaccination is available for the following people who are at greater risk of disease and developing complications if they get influenza:
Adults and children who are experiencing homelessness and are not eligible for free influenza vaccines under the Commonwealth Government’s Annual Influenza Program are eligible to receive influenza vaccines for free under the State Funded Influenza Program.
All South Australians are now able to access the flu vaccine for free until 30 June 2022 at GPs and pharmacies.
Find below information how to claim reimbursement for privately purchased influenza stock.
• Two doses of vaccine at least one month apart are recommended for children aged less than 9 years when getting influenza vaccine for the first time, to improve their immune response. If a child only received one influenza vaccine in their first year, they only require one each subsequent year.
• Current ATAGI advice states COVID-19 vaccines and an influenza vaccine can be given on the same day.
• There is no requirement to delay your flu vaccination after COVID-19 infection. You can receive the flu vaccine once you have recovered from the acute symptoms of COVID-19, and have completed your period of isolation.
• For more information see Timing of administration of other vaccines in the ATAGI Clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
Some occupations are at an increased risk of catching or passing on influenza to others. Please refer to the Occupations at risk of vaccine preventable diseases page to see if you are considered at risk.
To receive the annual influenza vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre, Aboriginal health centre or an approved pharmacy. For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.
For further information on the annual funded influenza programs, contact your local doctor or immunisation provider.