Free vaccinations available for those most at risk.
Free vaccinations available for those most at risk.

Free flu shots available for most at risk

FREE influenza vaccines will be available for those who are most at risk of getting sick during the flu season.

This will be able to be accessed by residents in the Wide Bay electorate under the Federal Government's National Immunisation Program.

Federal member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said 2017 saw the highest influenza activity in Australia for almost a decade.

"It's important to get the flu shot every year, as the virus changes year to year,” he said.

Mr O'Brien urges everyone in the community to consider getting a flu shot, from mid-April for the best protection.

The vaccination is recommended for any person older than six months of age, and are often available through private medical services.

The free flu shot will be available for people aged 65 years and older, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those who suffer from chronic conditions.

Health minister Greg Hunt said over 90 per cent of the influenza-associated deaths last year were people aged 65 years and older, and now two new ground-breaking flu vaccines will be available for this age group.

"These are specifically targeted at this age group, offering stronger doses and now available for the first time in Australia,” he said.

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