When is the best time to get the flu vaccine?
Influenza season in Australia usually peaks in August or September each year. Optimal protection from influenza vaccination occurs in the first 3–4 months following vaccination. Therefore, it is recommended to vaccinate when the national program starts, which is generally in April. However as influenza continues to circulate, it is never too late to vaccinate.
If you are travelling to the northern hemisphere throughout their peak flu season, you should speak to your health professional about additional vaccination options.
Remember that it is always important to speak with your doctor about Influenza vaccination for you and your family.
Sources & Citations
- National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System. Number of notifications of Influenza (laboratory confirmed), Australia, in the period of 1991 to 2019 and year-to-date notifications for 2020. Available at: http://www9.health.gov.au/cda/source/rpt_3.cfm (accessed 11 March 2020).
- Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Australian Immunisation Handbook - Influenza. Available at: immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/influenza-flu (accessed 11 March 2020).
- Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Statement on administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2020. Available at: www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/atagi-advice-on-seasonal-influenza-vaccines-in-2020.pdf (accessed 11 March 2020).
- Young B et al. J Infect Dis 2018;217:731–741.
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