Influenza immunisation – from global strategy to local vaccines

WHO launches new global influenza strategy

On 12 March 2019, the World Health Organisation released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza. The goal of the strategy is to prevent seasonal influenza, control the spread of influenza from animals to humans, and prepare for the next influenza pandemic.

For more information, visit the World Health Organisation website.

2019 Influenza vaccines – Statement from the Chief Medical Officer

The Chief Medical Officer has released a statement to the general public regarding the 2019 influenza vaccines. The statement contains information about the vaccines being supplied under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), including four quadrivalent vaccines for people aged under 65 years and one enhanced trivalent vaccine for those aged 65 years and over.

Those eligible for a free influenza vaccine under the NIP include people 65 years and over, pregnant women, those who suffer chronic conditions and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from six months of age.

The full statement is available at

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