Chief Medical Officer releases winter flu immunisation program

GPs are urged to wait until mid-April before giving flu jabs so patients develop immunity before the season peaks
Jocelyn Wright
Older man with flu

New influenza A and B strains have been included in this year’s quadrivalent flu vaccines, the federal government says in announcing the winter immunisation program.

The vaccines’ formulation will comprise a new A (H3N2) Switzerland 2017-like virus, A (H1N1), a new B strain for the Victoria linage (Colorado, 2017) and B/Phuket (2013).