20 October, 2017 –
I urge parents in Stafford electorate to take advantage of the Palaszczuk Government’s new free flu vaccination program for children aged under five years.
After the worst flu season in recent years, the Queensland Government has announced up to 300,000 children across Queensland will be eligible for a free flu vaccination next year. The free vaccine will be available through general practices and other childhood immunisation providers.
A childhood immunisation awareness campaign next year will provide parents and carers with details about recommended vaccinations for children aged under five, including the free influenza vaccine program.
I would ask every parent in Stafford who has a child who will be under five next year to make a note in their calendar to access this free vaccine for their child ahead of the 2018 flu season.
Children in this age group have some of the highest rates of influenza and associated complications. So far this year more than 500 children aged under five admitted to public hospitals have tested positive for influenza.
Children contribute greatly to the spread of the flu in the community, and the risks of serious complications for kids who contract the flu are high. That’s why we’ve developed this program, to ensure young children have the best chance of protection against influenza.
Queensland will also push for inclusion of the free flu vaccine for children under five years on the national immunisation program.
For information on the free vaccine program for children aged under five years, visit the Queensland Health website – health.qld.gov.au