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11 March 2014
The Minister for Health Peter Dutton today urged older people, pregnant women, indigenous Australians and people with chronic health conditions to get their annual flu shot.
“Having the flu shot is the single best way to stop flu in its tracks,” Mr Dutton said today as the 2014 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Campaign gets underway.
The flu and its complications, such as pneumonia, kill about 2,800 Australians every year.
It hits the most vulnerable people the hardest – and that’s why the Australian Government provides the vaccine free to:
- People aged 65 and over
- Indigenous Australians aged 15 and over
- People over the age of six months who have a chronic condition, such as heart disease, severe asthma or a chronic lung condition
- Pregnant women
“Talk with your doctor about whether you are eligible for the free flu shot, and fight back against the flu,” Mr Dutton said.
It is especially important that pregnant women get the flu shot. “Having the vaccination while pregnant is a simple and effective way to help keep you and your baby safe,” the Minister said.
Flu shots for these at-risk groups are funded by the Australian Government through the Immunise Australia Programme. Other Australians can speak with their doctor about purchasing the flu vaccine.
More information about this year’s flu vaccination is available from your GP or immunisation provider, by visiting the Immunise Australia Program website, or by calling the Immunise Australia Information line on 1800 671 811.
Media Contact: John Wiseman – 0401 776 108