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VO Peter Wilkinson: 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.

VO Amy Wilkinson: 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.

Dr Nicole White: Children, especially those under 5, can become seriously ill from influenza – which can sometimes be fatal. The influenza vaccine is safe, effective and free for children 6 months to under 5 years.

VO Peter Wilkinson: 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.

VO Dr Nicole White: With lower exposure to influenza last year due to COVID-19, there is a greater risk of complications from influenza this year, so it’s even more important to get your kids vaccinated. For more information visit the website or talk to your healthcare provider.

VO: Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.

Date published: 
6 May 2022
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The influenza vaccine is available free for children aged 6 months to under 5 years under the National Immunisation Program.