The Turnbull Government is providing two new flu vaccines, free-of-charge, to Australians aged 65 years and over, Liberal Senator for NSW, Mr Arthur Sinodinos, and Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, have announced.
Ms Wicks says the new vaccines, Fluad and Fluzone High Dose, will become available from April, through the National Immunisation Program. “These new vaccines will help provide stronger protection for over 65s following last year’s horror flu season,” Ms Wicks said. More than 90 percent of the 1,100 flu-related deaths in 2017 were people aged over 65. “They’ve been specifically made for older people, as their immune systems respond less effectively to vaccines,” Ms Wicks added. Sen Sinodinos said that it’s vital that people think about preparing themselves for the flu season early. “Vaccinations save lives and are fundamental to our health system. “We encourage all Australians aged over six months old to get a flu vaccination this year before the peak season starts in June,” he said.
Source: Media release, Feb 20 Tim Sowden, Office of Lucy Wicks MP