26 September 2023

2020 flu shots the best medicine

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The Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has urged Queenslanders to get their annual flu shot now to avoid the chance of catching COVID-19 and flu at the same time.

As she was getting her own vaccination, Ms Palaszczuk said the message went out every year at this time, but now it was more important than ever.

“Sadly, we know the flu can be deadly, and with the ongoing threat COVID-19 has on our communities, it is so important we do everything possible to reduce the risk of contracting both illnesses at the same time,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles, who also received a jab, said distribution of flu vaccines had started in March.

“Government-funded flu vaccines are currently being distributed and eligible Queenslanders should book an appointment to get vaccinated,” Mr Miles said.

“This year, all flu vaccines offer protection against four strains of influenza, including the vaccine for those aged over 65.”

He said getting the injection now was vital to helping reduce the number of influenza-related hospitalisations that put a strain on the health system.

Completing the trio of VIP vaccinations, Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young said those not eligible for the free vaccine should still book an appointment with their GP, pharmacist immuniser, or as part of their workplace program, if available.

“Demand for influenza vaccine is high so please check with your immunisation provider when making an appointment to make sure they have the vaccine available,” Dr Young said.

“Although the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, it can reduce the severity and spread of influenza, which otherwise may make a person more susceptible to other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19,” she said.

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