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25 April, 2024

Free flu shots on offer now

FREE flu vaccinations are now available, and with more than 7,000 flu cases already reported to date this year, authorities are urging people to get the jab now.

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Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Catherine McDougall encouraged everyone to book in to their local pharmacist or GP to have the free flu shot.

“Influenza causes disruption in households, schools and workplaces, as well as increased demand on our health services,” she said.

“This year alone, we have seen hundreds of people already hospitalised with influenza, with people aged 65 and over most affected.”

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


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