2022 Flu Vaccine Now Available

UPDATE 24/06/2022: The Victorian Government is pleased to announce an extension of the free Flu vaccine during the school holidays until 10th July 2022. All Victorians aged 6 months and over are eligible for the free Flu vaccine between 1st June 2022 to 10th July 2022 to help boost vaccination coverage. Call the medical centre on tel (03) 9629 1414  to discuss your Flu vaccine options.  People who are not eligible for Medicare can receive their Flu vaccine at no cost at a community pharmacy.^

The 2022 Flu vaccine is now available at Victoria Harbour Medical Centre.

  • The Flu vaccine is recommended every year for everyone aged 6 months and over.
  • Free government supplied Flu vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are now available, subject to supply.
  • People not eligible under the NIP can purchase a private Flu vaccine at our medical centre for $15. No prescription is required.^
  • Appointments for a Flu vaccine are required.  Standard consultation and vaccine administration fees with our Nurse or GP may also apply.^
  • Call the medical centre on tel (03) 9629 1414  to discuss your Flu vaccine options.

Flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccination:
ATAGI has advised that the Flu vaccine can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day) with a COVID-19 vaccine – this includes COVID-19 booster vaccines.

Children and the Flu vaccine:
Children aged 6 months to < 5 years old can only receive Vaxigrip Tetra® or Fluarix Tetra® branded Flu vaccine which is funded under the NIP for this age group.*

Children < 9 years old receiving their Flu vaccine for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

Adults aged 65 years and over:
Adjuvanted Flu vaccines are recommended over the standard Flu vaccine for this age group.  The adjuvanted Flu vaccine called Fluad Quad® is funded under the NIP for this age group.** 

Timing of the Flu vaccine:
The highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination. Annual vaccination should ideally occur before the onset of each influenza season. This is usually from June to September in most parts of Australia but may be atypical this year.  Vaccinating from April 2022 provides protection before the peak season. 

People with allergies:
Egg allergy is not a contraindication to receiving the Flu vaccine.  As the egg based Flu vaccines under the NIP only contains minute traces of egg protein, people with an egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safely vaccinated with the Flu vaccine.  If you have an egg allergy, please discuss this with your immunisation provider, as you will require a longer post-vaccination observation period at the medical centre.

All Flu vaccines available under the NIP in 2022 are latex free.  People with a latex allergy can safely be vaccinated with Flu vaccines that are available under the NIP.

People should not receive the Flu vaccine if they have experienced anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any Flu vaccine or anaphylaxis after any component of a Flu vaccine.

Eligibility for a free Flu vaccines through the NIP:
Eligibility for a free government supplied Flu vaccine under the NIP in 2022 includes the following groups of people:

  • Children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age*
  • Adults aged 65 years and over **
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • People aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy

Call the medical centre on tel (03) 9629 1414  to discuss your Flu vaccine options.

Please download and read the Pre-immunisation Checklist before your Flu vaccine appointment.