Influenza Action Week

The Influenza Action Week, 26-30 April, is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination in a pandemic world

Immunisation Coalition

The Immunisation Coalition is launching the national INFLUENZA ACTION WEEK 26 – 30 April 2021.

Know the facts, fight the flu

The Influenza Action Week (IAW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination in a pandemic world. The information provided is based on current scientific evidence. The week will commence on Monday, 26th April with various activities for the general public, as well as healthcare professionals. The week will close with a national, free Influenza Vaccination Day on Friday, 30th April 2021.

Information about planned activities, as well as tools and materials for organisations to join the awareness campaign, is available below and will be updated regularly.

Influenza Vaccination Day

Free influenza vaccination clinics took place at the Melbourne Town Hall and Sydney Lower Town Hall on Friday 30th April 2021. These events were a huge success, vaccinating about 800 people.

Thank you to all who attended for vaccination and a special thank you to our partners and sponsors for making the day possible.

We look forward to running our annual free Influenza Vaccination Day next year.

Influenza webinars for Healthcare professionals

See here for information and registration for Maintaining Flu Coverage in the Season of COVID: Hosted by MDBriefcase. 29 April @ 7:00pm AEST

See here for information and registration for GP Education – Addressing Flu Shot Hesitancy in 2021: hosted by Praxhub. 27 April @ 7:30pm AEST

IC Podcast

Hosted by Praxhub, see the latest Immunisation Coalition podcast here.

Note that subscription to Praxhub is free and will be required to access the podcast.

Dr Caroline Foreman, a clinical immunologist, and Chief Doctor at the Australian Medic Alert Foundation, discussed the COVID vaccination roll out with hosts Susan Pearce and GP Dr Rod Pearce.


Influenza is not simply a “bad cold”, it can result in serious health complications and can lead to hospitalisation and even death.

In a typical year, influenza is responsible for around 18,000 hospital admissions and more fatalities than the national road toll.

Click on the FLU FACTS icon to see 10 facts about influenza.

See more facts about influenza here.

The Immunisation Coalition Art Prize aims to highlight and promote contemporary artists and support our mission to bring factual awareness of issues around influenza, vaccination and the burden of infectious disease.

Winners have now been announced!

Click on the icon, or here to view the Winners and Merit Awards.

See the2021 Art Prize Winners and Merit Awards video here.

A huge THANK YOU to all who sent in entries!

The Immunisation Coalition is proud to support A Shared Step on a Long Journey: The International COVID-Collaborations Folio 2020-2021. This project was initiated by artist William Kelly in association with 28 artists and poets from around the world, in the midst of international COVID-19 lockdowns. You may view the video here and the individual pieces can be viewed here.

Using William’s initial image, artists then added their own thoughtful concerns…home as a place of isolation, sanctuary and, sometimes, anxiety; the dire circumstances faced by many First Nations people and people of colour; evocative images of hope, respect, and aspirations. In this time of our ‘separateness’, they show we are here together whether in Tehran, New York, Melbourne, Geneva, Oklahoma City, Haut-Valromey, or Casablanca. Though isolated by the pandemic, they show with grace and dignity…we are closer than ever.                                                                                                                            

Professor Peter Doherty has said he shares “…Alfred Nobel’s conviction that war is the greatest of all human disasters. Infectious disease runs a good second.” Elevated now are the real ‘heroes’ on the ‘front lines’ – not with guns, tanks and bombs – but with life-saving skills shared across borders, religions and ideologies. Though we may reflect on the words that ‘everyman’s death diminishes me’, we now have learned to celebrate that every person’s survival is a victory for us all. 

Yannee & Katya

First year Monash University students, Yannee and Katya, are volunteering their services to the Immunisation Coalition to form the FluSquad. The FluSquad is currently working towards the first national Influenza Action Week in 2021. Find out more about this dynamic pair and their passion for raising awareness about influenza in a radio interview on Radiotherapy (episode 8 November 2020) and an article in the Monash Lens.

Thank you to our supporter the City of Melbourne
Thank you to our supporter EBOS Healthcare

Thank you to our supporter Sanofi
Thank you to our supporter Seqirus
Thank you to our supporter Vaccin8 at Work

Page Published: 5 April 2021 | Page Updated: 7 June 2021