The Federal Government has fast-tracked two “enhanced” flu vaccines that will be available for free from April onwards through the National Immunisation Program.
Last year, there were over 1,000 flu-related deaths in Australia – 90 per cent of those were people aged over 65.
We often think of the flu as a minor illness, but it can be fatal, especially if someone has a pre-existing condition.
Older people’s immune systems also don’t respond to flu vaccines as well as younger people so they may not work as effectively.
The Government says the new vaccines are specifically designed for older people and target the strains, particularly the mutation, which was so deadly last year.
It’s welcome news. While being vaccinated doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, it is important to cut your risk and prevent its spread to others who may be vulnerable.
It’s estimated that up to 3.8 million Australians who are eligible for free vaccinations don’t have them.
Don’t be one of them.
Find out more about the new vaccines here.