2018 flu vaccine advice


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Ahead of their availability being made to doctors from April, the TGA has advised on this year’s flu vaccine

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee reviewed and evaluated data relating to recent influenza isolates circulating in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

Based on this review, the AIVC has recommended that the TGA adopt the September 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for the strains to be covered by the 2018 seasonal influenza vaccines.

The TGA announced the 2018 strains for inclusion in late 2017.

This year, five quadrivalent and two trivalent influenza vaccines will be available.

The quadrivalent vaccines include two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains, and there are products available for all age groups from 6 months of age.

These vaccines will contain the following strains:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
  • B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

The trivalent vaccines include two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain. These formulations provide an enhanced immune response and are only recommended for patients aged 65 years and over.

These vaccines will contain the following strains:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

The TGA also advised that for children aged six months to 35 months, Sanofi-Aventis’ FluQuadri Junior will be available; for children aged over three GSK’s Fluarix Tetra and Sanofi-Aventis’ FluQuadri will be available to GPs.

Health professionals and consumers are all encouraged to report adverse events, and consumers advised to talk to health professionals if they are concerned about possible adverse events.

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