Australia

Extra flu shots ordered to meet demand

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says he's working with flu vaccine suppliers to meet the massive demand.

Australia is on track for a record number of flu vaccinations with an extra 400,000 vaccines to be brought into the country to meet unprecedented demand.

So far this year over 12.1 million flu vaccines have been released into the market including 7.5 million for government vaccination programs and 4.6 million doses for the private market.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said while supplies for federal and state programs were secure, he was working with vaccine companies to ensure there is sufficient supply for the private market.

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