Get the jab now ahead of peak flu sea­son

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

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