Pregnant women, young children and the elderly
will be a major focus of this year’s Winter Flu Campaign, officially launched
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said free vaccines were available for those most
vulnerable, including pregnant women, those over 65 years old, and anyone with medical
conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
“More than one million flu vaccines have now
been delivered across the State with more to come, so now is the best time for
you to get vaccinated,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The vaccine is very safe and cannot give you
the flu. Best of all, it is free for those most vulnerable and offers them the
Ms Berejiklian and
Health Minister Brad Hazzard launched the campaign at Blacktown Hospital’s
antenatal clinic, where expectant mums were getting their flu shots to protect
themselves and their babies.
“Getting a free flu shot is the best
protection for expectant mums and will help protect newborns in their first few
months of life. It also the best protection for young children,” Mr Hazzard
rates for influenza are highest in young children, with recent national figures
showing about 100 per 100,000 in those aged six to 23 months. There have been more than 9,600 confirmed influenza cases in NSW already this year across
all age groups.
The NSW Government has invested about $130 million in the 2018-19 Immunisation
Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines. Free flu vaccines
for children aged from six months to under five years of age are available under
the NSW Government’s $2.6 million program.
sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands regularly and staying home when
sick to reduce the spread of flu.
“Last year, we avoided a repeat of the bad
2017 flu season, but we cannot be complacent so please, go get your flu jab,”
Mr Hazzard said.