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Current Vaccine Recomendations

27 February 2018

2018-19 WHO Northern Hemisphere recommendations

It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 influenza season (northern hemisphere winter) contain the following:

  •   an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  •   an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus;
  •   a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and
  •   a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).

It is recommended that the influenza B virus component of trivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 northern hemisphere influenza season be a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus of the B/Victoria/2/87-lineage.

Full WHO Recommendation


3 October 2017

2018 WHO Southern Hemisphere recommendations

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-16-0019/2016 (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.

Full WHO Recommendation


24 October 2017

Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) decision on the Influenza vaccine virus composition for Australia 2018

The AIVC met on 11 October 2017 and decided that the Australian influenza vaccine for 2018 should contain the following:

  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

Quadrivalent vaccines should contain viruses listed above, plus the additional B virus:

  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

See the TGA website for further information.