2018 influenza vaccines now available

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said South West residents who are most at risk of getting sick during this year’s flu season can now access a free influenza vaccine, under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program.

Mrs Marino said 2017 had the highest influenza activity in Australia in almost a decade, mirroring a global trend, with more than 250,000 Australians testing positive for influenza and double the normal hospitalisations.

“I urge everyone in the South West to consider getting a flu shot this year. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for any person six months of age and older, with vaccines also available on the private market,” Mrs Marino said.

“It’s important to get the flu shot every year, as the virus changes year to year.

“Those who are eligible for a free flu shot under the National Immunisation Program include people aged 65 years and over, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those who suffer from chronic conditions.”

The composition of the Australian vaccine is decided by the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee in consultation with the World Health Organization.

Influenza vaccines are age-specific, so ask your doctor about the best vaccine for you or your child’s circumstances.

For more information visit the Immunise Australia website at: immunise.health.gov.au