What will the 2018 Southern Hemisphere Flu Vaccine include?

Canberra. October 11, 2017

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) congregated at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for the purpose of recommending influenza viruses to be used in the composition of the 2018 flu vaccine. The meeting involved review and evaluation of:

  • data associated to epidemiology
  • Australia and Southern Hemisphere influenza isolates recently circulating, as to its antigenic and genetic characteristics
  • 2016-17 vaccines’ serological responses
  • candidate vaccine viruses and reagents availability
  • The expert committee recommended that ...
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8 Myths About the Flu and the Flu Vaccine

Think about the time when you were terribly, terribly sick. You didn’t want to get up for anything except to pee (just), all the while wishing it will go away.

Flu or influenza is exactly like that. I tell you, you’ll have to spend days recovering apart from the “ill” effects that follow.

The fever, headaches, aching muscles, coughs and sniffles made you say things that were normally reserved for traffic jams, or your ex.

Suffice to say, it’s not ...

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2017 flu vaccination season important news

The recommended composition of quadrivalent influenza vaccine for Australia in 2017 introduces a new A (H1N1)pdm09 like virus strain when compared to the composition of the trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines we used in Australia in 2016.

In 2017 there will only be Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccines available in Australia.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine components for the Australian 2017 influenza season will contain the following:

  • An A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 – like virus
  • An A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – like virus
  • A B/Brisbane/60/2008 ...
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