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In 2017 our daughter, Mia was just like any other girl her age doing everyday things – swimming, gymnastics and riding bikes.

One day in October that year, Mia went from being her happy, healthy self to being critically ill on life support in hospital.

Within 2 days of coming down with the flu, she was fighting for her life. Mia hadn’t had the flu vaccine and was suffering from sepsis – a complication of the flu.

Influenza is a leading cause of hospitalisation for children under 5 and can sometimes be fatal. This doesn’t have to be the case.

The influenza vaccine is safe and effective, and it’s free for children aged 6 months to under 5 years.

Mia survived complications from flu and despite the heartbreak and challenges, is now thriving.

We’ll always wonder if Mia would have been ok had she been vaccinated.

Protect your child and the whole family from flu by vaccinating each year. For more information visit the website or talk to your GP or other healthcare provider.

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From 2020, the influenza vaccine is available free for children aged 6 months to under 5 years under the National Immunisation Program.