KeepHealthCare.ORG – Australia offers free flu vaccinations for children aged six months to five years old
Free influenza vaccinations are being offered to children aged between six months and five yearsAustralia could potentially face a killer flu season this year after 1257 cases reported this year Australian’s can vaccinate themselves against the virus at pharmacies and local GP’s
Brooke Taylor For Daily Mail Australia
21:17 EDT, 16 May 2018
The government is offering free flu vaccinations for children aged between six months and five years.
The flu vaccination initiative comes as it emerged 1257 cases have been recorded this year, in comparison to a lower 1206 cases in the same period last year.
As many as 28,000 diagnoses of the flu virus occurred last year with fears that we could face another deadly season, putting a strain on our health system.
Children aged between six months and five years are eligible for free influenza vaccinations nationwide
A South Australian spokeswoman has pleaded ‘every year we will have deaths from the flu, so please – take it seriously’.
This news comes as Health Minister Greg Hunt announces the Australian Government will be funding two new flu vaccines, ahead of an expected severe flu season, to create protection for elderly citizens.
The free vaccines are eligible for 90,000 children in South Australia, which is the last state to offer the free vaccination for those most at risk.
To ensure protection this flu season, health professionals have recommended having the flu vaccinations prior to winter. They are currently offered in Pharmacies and local GP’s nationwide.
A South Australian spokeswoman has pleaded ‘every year we will have deaths from the flu, so please – take it seriously’ as we are reminded of the serious nature of the influenza, especially in children and the elderly as last year recorded the highest level of infection since 2009.
Pharmacies across Australia are currently offering the vaccination amidst an expected deadly flu season
1257 cases of the deadly influenza have currently been reported this year, with the number expected to significantly rise coming into the winter months
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