Health is reassuring the community the flu vaccine is still available for those
yet to be vaccinated ahead of the flu season.
Dr Jeremy McAnulty, Director Health Protection NSW
Health, said the latest Influenza Surveillance
Weekly Report shows just 74 confirmed flu cases for the week ending 17 June, compared
to 453 cases this time last year.
Health has distributed over 2.2 million doses of flu vaccine to GPs and other
providers since 9 April, including 131,750 doses to healthcare workers,” Dr
been closely monitoring the distribution of the vaccines supplied to us by the
Commonwealth Government under the National Immunisation Program following
national supply restrictions.
we still have flu vaccines available for all age groups and encourage those yet
to be vaccinated to have their flu shot before the flu season starts.”
McAnulty said those yet to have their flu shot should call ahead to their GP to
check they have the appropriate vaccine.
to vaccination, it’s also important to maintain healthy hygiene habits – coughing
and sneezing into your elbow, washing hands regularly and staying home when
sick – to prevent the spread of flu and other viruses.”
NSW Government is spending a record $22.75 million on state-wide immunisation
programs which will assist with flu prevention this season. This includes $3.5
million for free flu shots to children up to five years of age and a $1.75
million immunisation and influenza prevention campaign.
NSW Health will continue to monitor closely flu case
numbers and will issue an Influenza Surveillance Weekly Report every
Friday to keep the community up to date on influenza activity.
Influenza Surveillance Weekly Report can be
viewed on the NSW Health website.