The federal Coalition 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.
The vaccines have been fast-tracked to ensure lives are saved and that Australians over 65 years of age receive greater protection.
More than 90 per cent of the 1,100 flu related deaths in 2017 were by people aged over 65 years of age.
This is our 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.
These new vaccines have been specifically made for the elderly, as their immune systems respond less effectively to vaccines.
These new trivalent (three strain) vaccines work for the over 65s by generating a strong immune response.
They are more effective for this age group when it comes to protection against influenza.
Vaccinations save lives, and they are fundamental to our health system.
We encourage all Australians aged over six months old to receive a flu vaccination this year, before the peak season starts in June.