It is mandatory for all health care workers to be vaccinated for Influenza.

As of April 2020, the following people should get the flu vaccine:

All health care workers

• Individuals age >65 years 

• Individuals with cardiovascular disease (including chronic heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes) and chronic lung disease (including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 

Pregnant women 

People living with HIV and AIDS 

The flu vaccine is either trivalent or quadrivalent.

The trivalent IIV is available in both the public sector (at designated clinics and hospitals) and the private sector (at pharmacies, certain healthcare facilities, etc.)

The quadrivalent IIV is available in the private sector only.

The following strains have been recommended for the trivalent IIV 2020 Southern Hemisphere influenza season: Egg- based tri/quadri-valent vaccines:

• an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
• an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
• a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
• a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus*.

*the quadrivalent formulation

PCV13 (13 valent pneumococcal vaccine) can be given concomitantly with the influenza vaccine (see details here)

Source: Influenza NICD recommendations for the diagnosis, prevention, management and public health response (Version 1.3 April 2020)

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