Friday , August 12 2022

It has shot flu against more than six million Aussies


More than six million flu shots will be free for Australians over 65, indigenous peoples, pregnant women and those with the highest medical risk of getting the virus.

Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Wednesday a national distribution of influenza vaccine available to eligible people at no cost through the Federal Government funded national immunization program.

Hunt said it is important for Australians to vaccinate each year, as the virus changes from year to year.

"Clinical experts have warned that optimal flu protection occurs in the first three or four months after vaccination," he said.

"Obtaining vaccination from mid-April allows protection during the maximum flu transmission period, around June to September in most parts of Australia."

Pregnant women can receive their free vaccine at any time during pregnancy to protect themselves, as well as the baby or the baby.

A reinforced vaccine will be available again for people 65 years of age or older, since 75% of the deaths associated with influenza in 2018 occurred within this age group, according to government data.

The PNI provides free vaccines for eligible people against 17 diseases that can prevent the vaccine, including flu, hepatitis B, pertussis, measles and the recent incorporation of ACWY meningococ for to teens

Hunt said the five-year Australian immunization rate is 94.67%, reaching the 95% herd's immunity rate.

He encouraged more than six months to get vaccinated for the 2019 flu season.

A record of 11 million Australians got a flu shot in 2018.


– People 65 and older (improved vaccine)

– Pregnant woman

– Aboriginal people and the islands of the Straits of Torres over six months

– People 6 months of age or older with certain medical conditions that put them at risk of serious flu

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