This page shows influenza vaccination coverage in Australia during the influenza season in 2022, compared with 2020 and 2021. These data, from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), are calculated as the proportion of Medicare-eligible people registered on AIR recorded as having received at least one dose of influenza vaccine between 1 March 2022 and 31 August 2022 (or in the same period in 2020 or 2021), by age at vaccination and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, and (for 2022 data only) by state/territory of residence. Population denominators from AIR for 2022 are as of the date of data extraction, and for 2020 and 2021 as of 30 June of the relevant year. Regular monitoring of influenza vaccination coverage data has ceased for 2022.  

Influenza (flu) vaccination is recommended for all Australians aged ≥6 months. The vaccine is strongly recommended and provided free under the National Immunisation for people at increased risk of complications from influenza, including adults aged ≥65 years; children aged 6 months to <5 years; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged ≥6 months; pregnant women; and people ≥6 months of age with certain medical conditions. However flu can also be serious in healthy people of any age, and the flu vaccine is usually available to anyone ≥6 months of age for a small cost. In 2022 several jurisdictions made the vaccine free to everyone ≥6 months of age to encourage higher uptake because of concerns about a severe flu season following removal of COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions and reduced immunity due to low levels of influenza in 2020 and 2021.

 

 

Click on the tiles below to view influenza vaccination coverage data for all people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and by jurisdiction.