MVEC and paediatricians at the Royal Children’s Hospital are supportive of the influenza vaccines for all children >6-months of age.

The seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended in Australia as the best way to avoid influenza disease. Children in particular, are at high risk of influenza disease and it’s complications. Complications can include chest infections (pneumonia), croup and even death.

What does it cost?

In Victoria in 2018, the influenza vaccine is provided free for all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years. This includes healthy children and is a new program for the state of Victoria.

In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children aged 15 years and over, as well as any other children with specific medical conditions (eg: cardiac disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy) are still recommended to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine (see MVEC resource).

For children who do not meet this eligibility criteria, the vaccine is still recommended but it is at a cost (contact your provider for details).

Which vaccine and what dose?

For children 6-months to < 3 years the appropriate influenza vaccine in FluQuadri Junior.

The dose is 0.25ml.

For children aged 3 years to 17 years the appropriate vaccines are FluQuadri or Fluarix Tetra.

The dose is 0.5ml.

Children aged 6 months to 8 years should receive 2 doses 4 weeks apart if this is the first year that the influenza vaccine has been given.

If a child is immune compromised and this is the first year of receiving the flu vaccine, 2 doses should be given 4 weeks apart regardless of age.

Please Note- Afluria Quad (Sequirus) is not registered for use in children aged ≤18 years.

Where can I access the influenza vaccine for my child?

Influenza vaccines can be provided at GP clinics, local councils (contact your local council for more information- details below).

Influenza vaccine can also be accessed at some hospital immunisation services for special risk patients.

Resources

Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Director, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Georgie Lewis (Clinical Manager, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: May 2018

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.