Free Flu Jabs For Western Australians In May And June

  • Cook Government to provide free flu vaccines for all Western Australians during the months of May and June
  • Program to protect against illness and provide cost of living relief this winter
  • Influenza vaccines will be available at participating GPs, community pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services

Western Australians are being urged to get their free influenza vaccine from next month, to help prevent severe illness ahead of this winter.

This significant cost-of-living relief measure will help to protect against the highly contagious influenza virus, which can severely affect the respiratory system and cause symptoms ranging from minor to life-threatening.

The most vulnerable community members, including older adults, young children and pregnant women, are most at risk of severe complications if they get influenza.

The best protection against influenza is immunisation and last year almost 32 per cent of eligible West Australians received an influenza vaccination.

Free influenza vaccines will be available to all Western Australians aged six-months and older, for the months of May and June. Some providers may charge a small administration fee.

Receiving the vaccine during these months will optimise protection over the peak period for influenza transmission in Western Australia.

Free vaccinations are available at GPs, Aboriginal Medical Services and participating community pharmacies.

As stated by Premier Roger Cook:

“The flu isn’t a harmless condition, especially for young people and older adults. It can cause serious illness and immunisation is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones this winter.

“My Government is rolling out free immunisation for the third year in a row to protect against severe illness and provide cost of living relief for Western Australians.

“During May and June, everyone will be able to access a free flu immunisation at participating GPs, community pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services.”

As stated by Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

“Influenza is highly contagious and can cause serious issues for young children, older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

“Concerningly, last year the flu hospitalised more than 1000 kids under nine-years old.

“That is why we are urging all Western Australians to get vaccinated against influenza at your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or participating community pharmacy.”

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