THERE are just under two weeks remaining for Queenslanders to get their free influenza shot and protect themselves against the risk of serious illness for this coming winter.
The Palaszczuk Government’s free flu vaccination campaign, held in partnership with GPs and Pharmacies, ends on Thursday, June 30.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath urged people not yet vaccinated against the flu to take advantage of the program.
“This campaign has been very successful since we launched it just over three weeks ago,” Minister D’Ath said.
“We have now vaccinated more than 500,000 Queenslanders against the flu since starting the program.
“The rollout has had an excellent response, lifting the state’s flu vaccination rate by around 10 per cent, taking it to just above 33 per cent.
“But we want to protect more Queenslanders, especially those vulnerable to influenza – if you haven’t yet had your vaccination, I urge you to take up our offer of a free shot, for the sake of yourself, your family, and the community.”
Minister D’Ath said more than 20,000 people in Queensland had tested positive to flu so far this year, resulting in over 2,250 hospitalisations.
“This is already a harsh flu season, one that is on track to mirror the 2019 season when 66,135 cases were recorded,” the Minister said.
“We’re only early in the season – Queensland’s flu season typically peaks in August and this year Influenza A is the dominant strain.
“It’s a highly contagious disease and can be life-threatening, even for young and healthy people, flu can be debilitating.”
The community are also being reminded that in addition to the vaccination, people can protect themselves and others by staying home if they are infected.
“Flu spreads really easily, so if you’re sick, don’t go to school or university, don’t go to work – stay home, and be sure to wash your hands regularly and cough into a tissue.”
The flu vaccine is recommended annually for anyone over six months of age.
For more information about vaccinations or to book a vaccination appointment, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/immunisation/free-influenza-vaccinations-2022
Or simply enquire via walk-in or over the phone with your local GP or one of the local pharmacies about your free flu shot.