As winter approaches free flu shots are available right now

TAKE A WALK around a shopping centre and the sniffle and cough of a flu is ever present and in an effort to keep Queenslanders safe and free of feeling unwell, free flu shots are available now which is the perfect time to get a shot in preparation of the upcoming flu season.  

From January 1 to March 24, there have been more than 7,000 flu cases reported, with 713 admitted to hospital.  Make no mistake, influenza can be incredibly dangerous.  

Close to 1 million people received a flu vaccination during free programs in 2022 and 2023 and the state government is continuing this tradition and is backing free flu vaccinations in 2024, as part of a $40 million commitment to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments this flu season. 

The initiative also puts money back in the pockets of Queenslanders and their families. 

All Queensland residents over the age of six months are eligible to receive the free vaccine from vaccination providers, including GPs and pharmacies and bookings are now open. 

The peak season for influenza varies from year to year, but typically starts in May and lasts until around October, with most cases typically recorded in August. 

Queenslanders are encouraged to consider vaccination ahead of the peak season to ensure coverage over the winter months. 

The influenza vaccine can be co-administered with a COVID-19 booster dose with the Premier stating that the common flu can be fatal.  

“While it might seem like the common cold, influenza can be deadly which is why it’s so important to get a flu shot every single year. 

“Our free flu vaccination program is an easy way to get yourself covered ahead of winter without the barrier of cost and has helped almost one million people get protected so far. 

“It’s our hope that all eligible Queenslanders, especially the vulnerable, roll up their sleeve and get vaccinated.  

“It’s the best way to protect yourself and those around you this flu season.” 

To get your free flu shot visit your nearest pharmacy or GP.  

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