Flu vaccination

Child. Tasmanian children under the age of five will be eligible for a free flu vaccination this year.

Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said children under five are particularly prone to catching and spreading flu and may develop severe complications.

“We want every child under five to have the chance to be protected against the flu. By being vaccinated a young child is less likely to get the flu or end up with severe complications from the flu.”

Children who have never had a flu vaccination will need two doses, one month apart.

The vaccine covers four strains of influenza virus; two A strains and two B strains, and will be available from GPs from this month.

In addition to the state funded flu vaccines for Tasmanian children, free flu vaccine is available through the National Immunisation Program for people vulnerable to severe flu, including:

• people aged 65 years and older

• pregnant women

• people aged six months and older with chronic medical conditions

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to less than five years and aged 15 years and older.

Locals eligible for a free flu vaccination should visit their GP.

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