ACT Health is aware of nationwide supply issues with some flu vaccines. There has been a record uptake of the vaccination across the country and in the ACT. This is good news as it means the community is understanding the dangers of influenza and importance of getting the flu shot. However, unprecedented demand for seasonal influenza vaccination has impacted the availability of supplies.
We are closely monitoring influenza vaccine stock for people in the ACT who are eligible to receive free, government-funded vaccine because of their increased risk of complications from influenza. These groups are:
children aged 6 months to under 5 years;
adults aged ≥65 years;
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥15 years; and
all persons aged ≥6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications e.g. severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes.
ACT Health officials are working together with the Federal Department of Health and other jurisdictions to manage this issue. We would like to reassure the ACT community that we will continue to work with the Federal Department of Health and vaccine suppliers and do everything possible to ensure supply is maintained. The Federal Department of Health is also working closely with companies to ensure additional vaccines are brought into Australia.
We will continue to provide further information for the public as this issue develops. For more information see http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr18-dept-dept06.htm