Southern Hemisphere Flu Vaccine 2022 recommendation
2022 Flu vaccine strains ANNOUNCED!
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Southern Hemisphere influenza season
And just like that, the 2022 flu season is underway!.
On Wednesday the 6th of October of 2021, the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) met and recommended that the following viruses be included in quadrivalent influenza vaccines for the 2022 southern hemisphere influenza season:
The AIVC recommends that Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccines (four strains) contain the below strains. There are two changes from the 2021 influenza season.
Egg-based quadrivalent influenza vaccines:
- an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
- a B/Austria/1359417/2021-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
Cell - or recombinant-based quadrivalent influenza vaccines:
- an A/Wisconsin/588/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A/Darwin/6/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;
- a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.
This recommendation aligns with the recommendations made by the WHO (Further details here https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/recommended-composition-of-influenza-virus-vaccines-for-use-in-the-2022-southern-hemisphere-influenza-season).
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has accepted the recommendations of the AIVC.
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