With an increased demand for influenza vaccines across Australia this season, WA Health has released the following update for immunisation providers regarding influenza vaccine supply.

To date, the Western Australian Department of Health has distributed 450,000 doses of free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

This is 15 per cent above the quantity distributed at the same time last year.

WA is currently limiting NIP influenza vaccine ordering quantities to ensure equitable distribution of supplies.

The Department of Health expects there will be enough vaccine available to ensure those eligible for the NIP vaccine can be vaccinated before peak influenza transmission in August/September.

However, there may be ordering restrictions for short periods while waiting for additional vaccine supplies to arrive in WA.

WA Health does not have any influence over the private market supplies, but has however been advised more vaccine will be made available in the private market.

Key points:

  • For patients aged 65 years and above, offer a QIV if there is no TIV in stock.
    Please note: Those aged 65 and above should only receive one dose of influenza vaccine. Providing both a QIV and TIV in a single season is not recommended.
  • Children aged less than 9 years who have not previously been vaccinated should receive two doses, one month apart.