For patient who are eligible to receive government funded quadrivalent flu vaccine:

  • all individuals aged 65 years and over
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years 
  • all pregnant women at any time during pregnancy
  • all residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facillities
  • individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza infection including
    1. Cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
    2. Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic emphysema
    3. Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, neuromusclar disorders and seizure disorders
    4. Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy, transplatation, asplenia or splenic dysfunction and chronic steroid use
    5. Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy who are at increased risk of Reye syndrome following influenza infection
    6. Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    7. Renal disease, especially for chronic kidney disease
    8. Haematological disorders, including haemoglobinopathies

Dose recommendations for children

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 10 years of age require 2 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine if they have not received 2 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine in a previous year. A minimum interval of 4 weeks after the first dose should elapse before administering the second dose
  • Babies aged 6 months to less than 3 years of age receive a 0.25ml dose of seasonal influenza vaccine

Pre-immunisation checklist:

Before you or your child are immunised, please tell the doctor or nurse if you have any of the following:

  • Unwell on the day of immunisation
  • Has had a severe reaction to any vaccine
  • Allergic to any component of the vaccine
  • Under 6 month of age
  • Has an anaphylactic reaction to eggs
  • Has a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome

We encourage patients to sit in waiting room for about 5-10 minutes after immunisation to ensure no anaphylactic reaction developed after immunisation.

If: If you intend to have quadrivalent flu vaccine and you are not eligible for government funded quadrivalent flu vaccine, you will have to get a script from a doctor and buy it from pharmacy. For more information, please visit the Chemist Warehouse website.