Free flu vaccines for Queenslanders for a limited time

Until 30 June, all Queenslanders can get a free flu vaccination as the state faces a severe outbreak of Influenza A.

The vaccine will be available for Queenslanders aged six months and older at pharmacists and general practitioners.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the initiative as influenza A cases increased after two years of low flu numbers due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 measures have reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020. The state’s cases jumped from 1848 to 4282 cases in the past week, with 151 people in hospital with influenza and 10 in intensive care. This is despite flu season usually beginning in July.

“We have a large number of concerns because our cases are doubling and escalating quite quickly,” the Premier said on Monday.

“We need to make sure we have this preventative measure in place, and I am encouraging all families in Queensland to please take up this offer of getting a free flu vaccination.”

“We have seen how difficult it has been to fight COVID-19,” the Premier said.

“To fight COVID-19 and the flu is doubly hard. That’s why we are making these flu shots free for everyone.”

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