Hunt hopes for vaccine record

Pharmacist administers a vaccine. Source: PSA.
Pharmacist administers a vaccine. Source: PSA.

The Health Minister says Australia is on track for a record number of flu vaccinations in 2019

More than 11.4 million flu vaccines have been released to vaccine providers to date this year, Greg Hunt said this week.

He encouraged Australians to visit GP surgeries or community pharmacies to be vaccinated.

“As at 30 April 2019 over 11.4 million doses of the seasonal influenza vaccines have been released into the market by the Australian Government for the 2019 Australian influenza season,” he said.

“This includes over 7.4 million doses for the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and state and territory government schemes including 3.8 million doses of enhanced vaccines for those aged 65 years and over.”

He said that an early-May vaccination allows protection during the peak influenza transmission period, from around June to September in most parts of the country.

Mr Hunt said that he hopes this year’s vaccination figures will exceed those of 2018, in which a record 11 million Australians were vaccinated against the flu.

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