Free Flu Jab for Every Queenslander

Free flu vaccinations available from 22 July 2023The State Government has announced today that all Queenslanders will be offered a free flu vaccination, amid a spike in influenza cases across the state.

Free influenza vaccinations will be available from 22 July to 31 August at GPs and pharmacies across Queensland.

Anyone who has their vaccination booked before Saturday will also receive it for free.

Influenza cases this year have already reached more than 51,426 cases, compared to last year where 44,438 cases were recorded for the entire year.

Influenza B is causing severe disease in some children. Since 1 July, 78 children aged 6 months to four years old were hospitalised with flu – 50 with the B strain, and only 1 of these children were vaccinated.

“I don’t want there to be any barriers to getting the flu jab, which is why I am reinstating free flu vaccinations for all Queenslanders,” said Premier Anastacia Palaszcuk.

“We know the cost of living is a real concern right now, and this will fill the gap for people who don’t qualify for a free vaccination under the federally run national immunisation program.

“Everyone is susceptible to the flu, and the best way for Queenslanders to protect themselves, their families, and the community is to get vaccinated.”

There are no changes for people already eligible under the National Immunisation program. People eligible under the National Immunisation Program should continue to access influenza vaccine from their usual vaccination providers.

For more information go to the Queensland Health website.

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