KeepHealthCare.ORG – Flu vaccine on brink of national shortage, reserved for most vulnerable
An increase in demand for the flu vaccine has affected supplies.
Victoria’s stocks of the flu vaccine are almost exhausted and remaining supplies will be reserved for those at most risk.
The vaccine will be only be available in Victoria for children between six months and five years of age; pregnant women; Indigenous people aged 15 years and over; people with medical conditions that could make them more predisposed to falling severely ill with flu; and those aged over 65 years, as unprecedented demand has led to a nationwide shortage.
The state has asked the Turnbull government to help it source more of the vaccine.
This winter’s flu season has yet to start, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest said, and it was too soon to say if it would be as bad as last year’s.