Influenza Clinical FAQs

Does the influenza vaccine work?
Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The influenza vaccine has been shown to be effective in preventing illness...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Why is it necessary to receive another dose of the influenza vaccine each year?
Each year the strains of the influenza virus which are predicted to affect Australians are reviewed and the available vaccines may be changed according to t...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:41 PM
Is the influenza vaccine safe?
As with any medications, vaccines can have side effects. The most common side effects following influenza vaccination include mild fever, headache, muscle a...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:44 PM
Will the influenza vaccine provide protection against COVID-19?
The influenza vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19. However, it will protect you against influenza and help reduce the severity and spread of influ...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:48 PM
Who should get vaccinated against the flu?
Everyone older than six months should receive the annual influenza vaccine. However, the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza and...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:51 PM
Should the enhanced vaccine (Fluad® Quad) be given to people who have a medical risk factor if they are not 65 years or over?
No. The enhanced Fluad® Quad vaccine is only registered for use in people 65 years and over. Anyone aged less than 65 years of age should be offered an age-...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:53 PM
Can patients aged 65 years and over be given standard quadrivalent vaccines if the enhanced quadrivalent vaccine (Fluad® Quad) is not available?
Yes. However, people aged 65 and over should receive the enhanced quadrivalent vaccine (Fluad® Quad) over other standard quadrivalent vaccines. The enhanced...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 4:59 PM
Can someone who has received the influenza vaccine early in the season receive an additional (booster) dose later in the year?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on immunisation advises that revaccination in the same year is not routinely recommended, however some people may be...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 5:09 PM
Can someone who is 65 or over who received the flu vaccine for people under 65 years of age receive a subsequent dose of one of the vaccines for people 65 years of age and over?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on immunisation advises that revaccination in the same year is not routinely recommended, however some people may be...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 5:10 PM
I had the influenza vaccine while I was pregnant, does my baby still need the vaccine?
All pregnant women are recommended to have the influenza vaccine during their pregnancy. Some of the antibodies that your body makes in response to the vacc...
Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 at 5:12 PM