Ground-breaking flu vaccines protect South West seniors

The Turnbull Government will provide two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to over 3 million Australians aged 65 years and over – free of charge!

These new vaccines will help provide stronger protection for people over 65 in the South West.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the vaccines have been fast-tracked to ensure lives are saved and that Australians over 65 years of age receive greater protection.

“More than 90 per cent of the 1,100 flu related deaths in 2017 were people aged over 65” Mrs Marino said.

“This is the Turnbull Government’s direct response to last year’s horrific flu season and is aimed squarely at saving lives.”

“We must continue to do all we can to protect those Australians who are most at risk.”

The new vaccines – Fluad® and Fluzone High Dose® – were registered in Australia to specifically provide increased protection for people aged 65 years and older.

From April 2018, both vaccines will be available through the National Immunisation Program following a recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

“These new trivalent (three strain) vaccines work in over 65s by generating a strong immune response and are more effective for this age group in protecting against influenza,” Mrs Marino said.

“Vaccination saves lives and are fundamental to our health system. I’m encouraging all Australians aged over six months old to get a flu vaccination this year before the peak season starts in June.”