Influenza vaccination in residential aged care settings

Last Updated: 01 Mar 2021 12:14am

Do I have to have the latest influenza vaccination to visit or work in a residential aged care service?

Influenza vaccine is strongly encouraged for anyone spending time in residential aged care facilities but, for now, is not essential.

Every autumn, a new influenza vaccine becomes available, based on the influenza viruses that caused the most problems over winter in the northern hemisphere.

Public health advice is not to push people to get the influenza vaccination as soon as it’s available. That’s because the vaccine loses effectiveness after a few months, and the height of the influenza season in Tasmania is usually in August and September.

Roll-out of the influenza vaccine and COVID vaccine over coming months is also complicated by the need for time between each of the two COVID vaccinations and the influenza vaccination.