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Health experts push COVID-19 and flu vaccine message again as winter case numbers rise

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A health worker displays the flu vaccine at a free flu vaccination

Published 1 July 2022 at 9:31pm
By Deborah Groarke, Phillippa Carisbrooke
Source: SBS

New variants of COVID-19 coupled with low flu immunity after pandemic lockdowns have health workers bracing for a tough winter. Over nine-million Australians have heeded calls to get vaccinated against influenza.


Published 1 July 2022 at 9:31pm
By Deborah Groarke, Phillippa Carisbrooke
Source: SBS


The temporary extension of free jabs to most people has boosted uptake, but is set to expire in days. People are being urged to get it while it's free, in a bid to avoid copping a serious hit of flu.  Pandemic lockdowns saw flu cases fall to a historic low in 2021. They've increased this year, exceeding 147-thousand. There have been over 900  hospital admissions, compared to just one last year.  And there have been 54 deaths so far, in stats up to June 19th.  


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