$100m for flu vaccines

Date: 13 April 2022

The Government has announced it is investing more than $100 million for seasonal influenza vaccines to protect Australians most at risk this winter.

The focus will be on minimising health impacts, while protecting those most at risk of severe illness.

Announcing the move, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government had secured vaccines to cover all vulnerable people eligible for a government-funded vaccine through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

This amounted to about 9.5 million doses for Australians.

Those eligible for a government-funded flu vaccine include:

  • adults 65 years and over
  • children under five
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with certain medical conditions.

The National Immunisation Program offers a specific, enhanced influenza vaccine to protect people 65 years and over.

In addition to vaccines available for those most at risk through the NIP, private market vaccines will also be available.

Influenza vaccination is particularly important this year.

With the easing of international and domestic public health measures arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic, a resurgence of influenza is expected in 2022.

The best protection this winter is to receive an influenza vaccine and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any recommended booster doses.

Government-funded influenza vaccines became available from 4 April through a range of providers including GPs, community health clinics and eligible pharmacies subject to local supply arrangement in States and Territories.

For more information visit Immunisation - Health.gov.au

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