Free flu program extended

Queensland's Free Flu program has been extended across the state. Picture: FILE

Queensland’s free flu vaccination campaign has been extended to allow Queenslanders a greater opportunity to take advantage of the program.

The Palaszczuk Government’s free flu vaccination campaign has been extended until 17 July 2022.

Since the program’s commencement on 24 May 2022, held in partnership with GPs and pharmacies more than 650,000 people have received their influenza vaccine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the extension would allow families over the school holidays to take advantage of the program.

“This campaign has already been incredibly successful, and a further two weeks will increase Queensland’s coverage as we hit the peak of winter,” she said.

“If you haven’t yet had your vaccination, I urge you to take up our offer of a free shot.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said more than 29,000 Queenslanders had tested positive to the flu so far this year, resulting in more than 3000 hospitalisations.

“We’re still early in the flu season, and it’s already proving harsh,” she said.

“The rollout has had an excellent response, lifting the state’s flu vaccination rate by more than 12 per cent.

“But we want to protect more Queenslanders, especially families and those vulnerable to influenza.”

Influenza A is the dominant strain in Queensland. The disease is highly contagious and can be life-threatening.

The flu vaccine is recommended annually for anyone over 6 months of age.