In a push to protect more Queenslanders, the Palaszczuk Government’s free flu vaccination campaign will be extended for just over two weeks until 17 July 2022.
Since the program’s commencement on 24 May 2022, held in partnership with GPs and Pharmacies, around 650,000 people have received their influenza vaccine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the extension will allow families over school holidays to take advantage of the program.
“We know that parents may not have had the opportunity to take the family in for their free flu shot, that’s why the next two weeks will be critical,” The Premier said.
“This campaign has already been incredibility successful, and a further two weeks will increase Queensland’s coverage as we hit the peak of winter.
“If you haven’t yet had your vaccination, I urge you to take up our offer of a free shot.”
Minister D’Ath said more than 29,000 people in Queensland have tested positive to flu so far this year, resulting in over 3,000 hospitalisations.
“Today there are 90 patents in our public hospitals, with 5 in ICU, who are positive with influenza.
“We’re still early in the flu season, and it’s already proving harsh.
“The rollout has had an excellent response, lifting the state’s flu vaccination rate by more than 12 per cent.
“But we want to protect more Queenslanders, especially families and those vulnerable to influenza.”
Influenza A is the dominant strain in Queensland. The disease is highly contagious and can be life-threatening.
The flu vaccine is recommended annually for anyone over 6 months of age.