Current Vaccine Recomendations

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2021 WHO Southern Hemisphere recommendations

25 September 2020

It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2021 influenza season (Southern Hemisphere winter) contain the following:

Egg based vaccines:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
  • Cell or recombinant based vaccines:

  • an A/Wisconsin/588/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/45/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
  • It is recommended that trivalent vaccines for use in the 2021 influenza season (Southern Hemisphere winter) contain the following:

    Egg based vaccines:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
  • Cell or recombinant based vaccines:

  • an A/Wisconsin/588/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/45/2019 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus.
  • Full WHO Recommendation

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    2020-21 WHO Northern Hemisphere recommendations

    3 March 2020

    It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2020-2021 influenza season (Northern Hemisphere winter) contain the following:

    Egg based vaccines:

  • an A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
  • Cell or recombinant based vaccines:

  • an A/Hawaii/70/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/45/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus; and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
  • It is recommended that trivalent vaccines for use in the 2020-2021 influenza season (Northern Hemisphere winter) contain the following:

    Egg based vaccines:

  • an A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
  • Cell or recombinant based vaccines:

  • an A/Hawaii/70/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/45/2019 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus.
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    Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) decision on the influenza vaccine virus composition for Australia in 2020

    23 October 2019

    The AIVC met on 9 October 2019 and recommended that the following viruses be used for influenza vaccines in the 2020 Southern Hemisphere influenza season:

    Egg based quadrivalent 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 virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage) virus.
  • Egg based trivalent vaccines:

  • an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus; and
  • a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus.
  • See the TGA website for further information

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    2020 WHO Southern Hemisphere recommendations

    1 October 2019

    It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2020 influenza season (Southern Hemisphere winter) contain the following:

    Egg based 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 virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage) virus.
  • It is recommended that trivalent vaccines for use in the 2020 influenza season (Southern Hemisphere winter) contain the following:

    Egg based vaccines:

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