Influenza (a.k.a The Flu) is the most common vaccine-preventable health risk for travellers. The bottom line recommendation for people travelling is: get vaccinated, take precautions and make sure your travel insurance covers the flu and any antiviral medication you might need.
It is particularly important for high-risk people to get immunised.
The Northern Hemisphere vaccine is not registered in Australia and, therefore, is never available here.
The 2015 Australian vaccine is currently available. The 2016 Australian vaccine will not be available until late February 2016 at the earliest, but probably not until mid-March.
The 2015 Australian vaccine contains a H3N2 strain, a H1N1 strain and a B strain (Yamagata) which are in the Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (TIV), while an additional B strain (Victoria) is in the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV).
Because it takes 1-2 weeks to develop immunity after vaccination it may not be wise to await arrival overseas before vaccination. For people staying any length of time it MAY be possible to receive a booster of local vaccine after arrival.
High risk people who had a vaccination during the 2015 Australian autumn may benefit from a booster vaccination before travel.
Give us a call today for an up-to-date vaccination before you travel.