The Victorian Department of Health (department) commenced distribution of National Immunisation Program influenza vaccines to immunisation providers on 17 March 2023.
Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for the groups at higher risk of complications from influenza, detailed in the 2023 Influenza vaccination - Program advice for vaccination providers.
Key priorities for 2023
Improve uptake in NIP eligible people including:
- children aged 6 months to <5 years
- pregnant people
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
- people aged 65 years and above
Focus upon infants and young children aged 6 months to <5 years due to:
- the low rate of influenza vaccine uptake in 2022
- the clinical risks of contracting influenza for this age group
The department’s Seasonal Influenza vaccine web page has been updated with links to clinical resources, an eLearning module and guidance to support immunisation providers with the requirements of the influenza program. Bookmark this page, which will be regularly updated throughout the season.
The department also provides updates via the Immunisation newsletter.
The Commonwealth has developed resources and information for immunisation providers and consumers.
Influenza (flu) – immunisation - Better Health Channel also provides up to date influenza vaccination information for consumers.
During this season, the department will be conducting data surveillance of encounters reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to identify and respond to provision of Influenza vaccine against registration/indication for age.
Providers are encouraged to report adverse events following immunisation(AEFI) and vaccine errors to SAEFVIC (the Surveillance of adverse events following vaccination in the community) for assessment and expert advice.
Please contact the Immunisation Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.