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    3 October, 2017

The WHO Consultation on the Composition of Influenza Vaccines for the Southern Hemisphere 2018 was held in Melbourne, Australia on 25-27 September 2017. The Centre was pleased to host the Consultation at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Following the Consultation, WHO made the following recommendation:

It is recommended that trivalent vaccines for use in the 2018 influenza season (southern hemisphere winter) contain the following:
  •   an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  •   an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  •   a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.
It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines containing two influenza B viruses contain the above three viruses and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

The Centre is especially pleased the most recently added virus in the vaccine recommendation, A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019, was originally submitted to us by the National Public Health Laboratory (Singapore). This is in addition to B/Phuket/3073/2013, which was first included in the WHO vaccine recommendation in September 2014 and previously sent to the Centre by the Thai National Influenza Centre (Bangkok, Thailand) in 2013.

See full details of the WHO recommendation
Read about the consultation in a special bulletin of Influenza Updates
See current influenza vaccine recommendations


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