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Queensland's free flu jab program extended after 650,000 take up offer

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The State Government’s free flu vaccination campaign will be extended until July 17, 2022 so families can take advantage of the school holidays.

Since the programs started on May 24, 2022, around 650,000 people have received their influenza vaccine at pharmacies and GP clinics.

More than 29,000 people in Queensland have tested positive to flu so far this year, resulting in more than 3000 hospitalisations.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the extension will allow families over school holidays to take advantage of the program.

“We know that parents may not have had the opportunity to take the family in for their free flu shot, that’s why the next two weeks will be critical,” The Premier said.

“This campaign has already been incredibility successful, and a further two weeks will increase Queensland’s coverage as we hit the peak of winter.

“If you haven’t yet had your vaccination, I urge you to take up our offer of a free shot.”

Influenza A is the dominant strain in Queensland. The disease is highly contagious and can be life-threatening.

The flu vaccine is recommended annually for anyone over 6 months of age.

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