Influenza disease and vaccination in children in Australia

Samantha J Carlson, Christopher C Blyth, Frank H Beard, Alexandra J Hendry, Allen C Cheng, Helen E Quinn, Julie Leask and Kristine Macartney
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51100
Published online: 31 May 2021

Influenza vaccine uptake in children has grown in response to increased awareness and progressive expansion of funding

  • Samantha J Carlson1,2
  • Christopher C Blyth1,3
  • Frank H Beard2,4
  • Alexandra J Hendry4
  • Allen C Cheng5
  • Helen E Quinn4
  • Julie Leask2
  • Kristine Macartney2,4

  • 1 Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, WA
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • 4 National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW
  • 5 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC


Influenza notification rates were obtained from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System as at 18 February 2021. De‐identified data were obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register as at 31 March 2020 and analysed with approval of the Australian Government Department of Health.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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