Get the jab now ahead of peak flu season
MINISTER for Health Steven Miles is reminding Queenslanders to book in for their flu shot ahead of this year’s peak flu season.
“It’s so important for Queenslanders to get vaccinated every year because it’s the best way to protect yourself from the flu,” Mr Miles said.
“The best time to get vaccinated is sometime between mid-April through to the end of May, to ensure the best protection during the peak of the season.
“That means you can start booking in with your GP or pharmacist now.”
Mr Miles said the State Government funded vaccines for at-risk Queenslanders.
“The government provides free vaccines for children under five, pregnant women, Queenslanders over the age of 65 and all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people,” he said.
“These vaccines are now on their way to providers and eligible Queenslanders should book in to get their free jab from mid to late April.”
So far this year, Queensland Health has received 6525 notifications of lab confirmed influenza, up from 3318 at the same time last year.
Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said while it’s never too late to be vaccinated, timing should be considered.
“The latest expert advice is that while protection from vaccination is expected to last for the whole season, the best protection is provided in the three to four months following vaccination,” Dr Young said.
“Flu season in Queensland is typically from June to September, with the peak usually in August.”