Flu vaccine numbers on the rise


More than half a million Victorians have received their free flu vaccine this flu season.

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas on Thursday announced that more than 500,000 Victorians received a vaccine from more than 2150 GPs and pharmacies that participated in the state governments $33 million free flu vaccine program between June 1 and July 10 this year.

The total number of people vaccinated for influenza has increased by 22.2 per cent from last year.

“By removing as many barriers as possible, hundreds of thousands more Victorians rolled up their sleeves for a flu vaccination this year and helped protect their loved ones and our health system,” Ms Thomas said.

“Victorians have helped their families stay safe this winter by getting vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19, getting tested if you have any symptoms, and staying home while unwell.

“Even though rates of flu have declined from their peak, it’s still not too late to receive your flu vaccination.”

Ms Thomas reiterated the importance of people staying up-to-date with flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Details: betterhealth.vic.gov.au/stay-well-this-winter.