Premier Steven Miles

April 2, 2024

Bookings are now open for Queenslanders to receive free flu vaccinations.

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

A State Government spokesperson said 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.

However, this year flu cases are expected to peak as early as June.

Queenslanders are encouraged to consider vaccination ahead of the peak season to ensure coverage over the winter months.

The influenza vaccine can be co-administered with a COVID-19 booster dose.

“Many people have vaccine fatigue after the pandemic, which means we are recording significant drops in vaccinations against things like the flu,” Premier Steven Miles said.

“While it might seem like the common cold, influenza can be deadly which is why it’s so important to get a flu shot every single year.

“It’s our hope that all eligible Queenslanders, especially the vulnerable, roll up their sleeve and get vaccinated. It’s the best way to protect yourself and those around you this flu season.”

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said that there were hundreds of hospitalisations caused by influenza every year.

“Already this year, more than 700 people have been hospitalised due to serious illness from influenza and as of March 25, 83 Queenslanders are currently in hospital due to influenza.

“In 2023, Queensland recorded more than 74,000 flu cases, and sadly, 144 deaths were reported.

“Since the start of this year, 7000 flu cases have been reported, as well as 11 deaths due to influenza.”


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