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A person coughing with the flu.Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease, usually prevented by vaccination and treated by managing symptoms.

Spread by body fluids from infected people, symptoms include a runny nose and sore throat. Flu can affect anyone but is especially serious for babies and people over 65.

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) works to support primary health care providers to respond to influenza outbreaks and increase immunisation coverage across the region.

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Key messages for primary health care providers

  • Seasonal vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over, strongly recommended for high-risk groups, and is free for some of these groups.
  • COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine.
  • Residential care homes, health care facilities and childcare centres are all at higher risk of influenza outbreaks.

How we can help

Our primary roles are to:

  • provide education, resources and support to primary health care providers
  • communicate with primary health care providers and the broader community about influenza season and vaccines
  • assist in coordinating vaccine programs and outbreak responses between local primary health care providers, residential aged care facilities and the Victorian Department of Health
  • advocate for primary health and aged care providers
  • identify and address gaps in vaccine equity by commissioning targeted programs for at-risk populations.

Education and training

Visit our events calendar to register for upcoming influenza education and training sessions hosted by NWMMPHN and our partners including Pen CS webinars.

Quality improvement activities

Try our quality improvement activities on immunisation. Download templates that will help you to increase influenza vaccination rates for at-risk populations.  

You can also visit our quality improvement activity hub to see other activities.

Visit to download influenza CAT4 recipes for use in your practice’s CAT Plus software. The FLU app, now available on Topbar, is designed to help consulting health care providers identify patients who are recommended for influenza vaccination but are yet to be vaccinated.


Practice nurses and practice managers are encouraged to join our online Basecamp communities to connect and collaborate with your peers during flu season. Our Vaccine Requests Basecamp is a popular way to help you share vaccine stock and reduce waste.

If you wish to join our Basecamp channels, please email

Immunisation providers 

Subject to eligibility, influenza vaccinations are provided through: 

  • General practices 
  • Community health services 
  • Pharmacies

Many workplaces also organise inhouse vaccination sessions, provided by a registered provider. 


Our HealthPathways Melbourne clinical editors work to ensure GPs and other health professionals can quickly access the latest influenza information at the point of care. Relevant pages include:


If you have any questions about the support we can provide for health services managing influenza in our community, please fill this form, phone (03) 9347 1188 or email