Key Points:

Vaccine Strains

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) recommendation for the composition of influenza vaccines for Australia in 2022 introduces two new strains to the NIP vaccines when compared to the composition of the vaccines for Australia in 2020: a new A (H3N2) like virus strain, a new B like virus strain:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus

Influenza vaccines in 2022

Eligibility for free influenza vaccine under the NIP

    • children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
    • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
    • people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications (see Table below)
    • pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
    • people aged 65 years and over

    Medical conditions in which individuals are eligible for free vaccination

    Category

    Medical conditions

    Cardiac disease

    Cyanotic congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease

    Chronic respiratory conditions

    Severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic emphysema

    Chronic neurological conditions

    Hereditary and degenerative CNS diseases, seizure disorders, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders

    Immunocompromising conditions

    Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment, asplenia or splenic dysfunction, HIV infection

    Diabetes and other metabolic disorders

    Type 1 or 2 diabetes, chronic metabolic disorders

    Renal disease

    Chronic renal failure

    Haematological disorders

    Haemoglobinopathies

    Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 5 to 10 years

    These children are at increased risk of Reye syndrome following influenza infection