Travel and Influenza Vaccination
Influenza is the most common vaccine-preventable health risk for travellers. The bottom line recommendation for people travelling is: get vaccinated, take precautions and make sure your travel insurance covers the flu and any antiviral medication you might need.
It is particularly important for high-risk people to get immunised.
The Northern Hemisphere vaccine is not registered in Australia and, therefore, is never available here.
The 2016 Australian vaccine is now available and contains a H3N2 strain, a H1N1 strain and the B/Brisbane strain (Victoria) which are in the Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (TIV), while an additional B/Phuket strain (Yamagata) is in the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV).
Because it takes 1-2 weeks to develop immunity after vaccination it may not be wise to await arrival overseas before vaccination. For people staying any length of time it MAY be possible to receive a booster of local vaccine after arrival.
Visit your nearest Travel Clinic for an up-to-date vaccination before you travel.
Last updated: 20 April 2016