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Free flu jabs have been announced for two states in Australia, ahead of an expected surge in cases during winter.
Free flu jabs in Australia

Queensland and Western Australia will offer free influenza vaccines ahead of an expected peak in cases this winter.

Queenslanders aged six months and older have until 30 September to make a free GP or pharmacy appointment. Residents are being encouraged to get a COVID-19 booster at the same time.

Western Australians will also be eligible for a free vaccine in May and June.

The flu can cause exhaustion, fever, muscle aches and, in severe cases, hospitalisation or death. It’s commonly caught from contact with an infected person.

Free flu jabs in Australia

Australians with a range of conditions, including weakened immune systems, are entitled to a free flu vaccine under the long-running national immunisation program.

The program also includes children aged six months to five years of age, pregnant people, people aged 65 and over, and First Nations people aged six months and over.

The Department of Health recommends that all people aged six months and over receive the flu vaccine every year.

Free flu vaccines have been offered in other states in recent years as a measure to limit the spread of illnesses during COVID-19.

However, Queensland and WA are the only jurisdictions to announce free flu vaccines this year.

There is no indication that other states and territories will announce free flu jabs.

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