The National Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Program for 2015 will not commence on the usual start date of 15 March. The main reason for the delay is that the World Health Organization and the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee have agreed that the 2015 southern hemisphere seasonal influenza vaccine will contain three seasonal influenza strains, with two strain changes from the 2014 vaccine.
A decision has been made to delay the program until sufficient supplies of influenza vaccine are available from at least two suppliers. The delay will not affect vaccine supply volumes, and no vaccine shortages are anticipated.
The Department of Health will continue to liaise with all manufacturers to determine the likely extent of the delay in supply. It is expected that clearer information on the 2015 National Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Program commencement date will be available through the Immunise Australia website during February 2015.
Nambucca Healthcare Centre GP’s will be offering influenza vaccinations to eligible patients as soon as the vaccines arrive at the practice.