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 2020 Australian vaccine is now available and contains:
an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
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: 26 March 2020