June 30, 2022
The State Government’s free flu vaccination campaign has been extended until July 17.
Since the program began on May 24, about 650,000 people have received a flu shot.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the extension would allow families to take advantage of the program over the school holidays.
“This campaign has already been incredibly 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 Queenslanders have tested positive to flu so far this year, resulting in more than 3000 hospitalisations.
“Today there are 90 patents in our public hospitals, with five 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.”
The flu vaccine is recommended annually for anyone over six months of age.