The Turnbull Government will provide two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to over 3 million Australians aged 65 years and over – free of charge.
These new vaccines will help provide stronger protection for over 65s right across the country, including Forde.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the vaccines had been fast-tracked to ensure lives were saved and that Australians over 65 years of age received greater protection.
“More than 90 per cent of the 1100 flu related deaths in 2017 were by people aged over 65 years of age,” Mr van Manen said.
“This is the Turnbull Government’s direct response to last year’s horrific flu season and is aimed squarely at saving lives.
“We must continue to do all we can to protect those Australians who are most at risk.”
The new vaccines – Fluad® and Fluzone High Dose® – were registered in Australia to specifically provide increased protection for people aged 65 years and older.
From April 2018, both vaccines will be available through the National Immunisation Program following a recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said these new vaccines had been specifically made for the elderly, as their immune systems respond less effectively to vaccines.
“These new trivalent (three strain) vaccines work in over 65s by generating a strong immune response and are more effective for this age group in protecting against influenza,” Minister Hunt said.
“Vaccination saves lives and they are fundamental to our health system. We encourage all Australians aged over six months old to get a flu vaccination this year before the peak season starts in June.”