Department of Health update regarding Influenza vaccines.

  • Australia and Victoria are experiencing an unprecedented demand for influenza vaccines this year across the public and private market.
  • The shortage is likely to be due to the severe influenza season in 2017 and a significant demand for people to be protected through vaccination this year.
  • The department will now need to ration the distribution of influenza vaccine, so that incoming stock can be carefully matched against need.
  • The department recommends continuing to prioritise stock for those most at risk.
  • More information can be obtained from https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation