The Federal Government has invested an additional $12 million across the next three years in expanding and extending the reach of our current Get the Facts about immunisation campaign. In an attempt to maintain last year’s record 11 million Australian’s that received a flu vaccine.
The National Immunisation Program is linked the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and by law requires independent medical experts to list vaccines on the list. The Government lists all medicines and vaccines recommended by the independent expert committee.
To address the over representation of elderly Australians that contribute 75% of the influenza deaths last year occurring in those over 65 years, an enhanced vaccine has been created.
This vaccine will be specifically targeted at this age group, offering better protection than other available vaccines. With clinical experts advising that optimal protection against influenza occurs within the first three to four months following vaccination. By getting vaccinated from mid-April allows protection during the peak influenza transmission period, from around June to September in most parts of Australia.