Chris Ison

Free flu shots made available

A NEW four-strain flu vaccine is available for free to at-risk Australians.

The Federal Government is rolling out the 2016 vaccine, which protects against the Brisbane strain.

That strain led to 2015 being called the worst flu season in many years.

In 2015, about 17,000 flu patients were hospitalised and about 7% required admission to intensive care.

About 4.48 million free doses of the new flu booster, worth $31 million. Pregnant women and young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are among those who can access the vaccine at no cost.


Cyclone to bring heavy rainfall to South Burnett

Cyclone to bring heavy rainfall to South Burnett

Tropical Cyclone Oma will bring heavy rainfall to the South Burnett.

Fishing festival to reel in another catch of tourists

Fishing festival to reel in another catch of tourists

The competition will cater to people of all ages.

Students team up with volunteers to aid Burnett

Students team up with volunteers to aid Burnett

Medical students will make the most of their year in the region.