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The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has provided an updated statement on the administration of influenza vaccines in 2021.
During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been reduced circulation of influenza virus. However, as Australia opens its borders to international travellers, influenza virus may start to re-emerge and circulate widely in the country. There were also lower levels of influenza vaccine coverage in 2021 compared to previous years for a number of age groups.
Hence, vaccination with the 2021 influenza vaccine is recommended to prevent influenza and its complications for anyone ≥6 months of age who has not had an influenza vaccine this year. Some of the available 2021 influenza vaccines can be used until February 2022.
Vaccination is strongly recommended for vulnerable groups, including adults aged ≥65 years, children 6 months to <5 years of age, pregnant women, people with an increased risk of complications from influenza including those with underlying medical conditions, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ≥6 months of age.
People planning international travel are also recommended to receive the 2021 influenza vaccine before travel.
Read the full statement here
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