Flu vaccinations distributed

People have listened to authorities, with more than 600,000 flu shots distributed.
People have listened to authorities, with more than 600,000 flu shots distributed.

More than 600,000 flu vaccines have been distributed to general practitioners and immunisation providers in response to the high number of flu cases this season.

SA Health's Director of the Communicable Disease Control Branch, Dr Louise Flood, said enough doses have been distributed to vaccinate more than 100 per cent of those who are eligible for free flu shots, under the National Immunisation Program.

"To keep up with the demand for the flu vaccine this year, we have distributed 613,000 doses of flu vaccine, which is 102,000 more doses than we distributed in 2018," Dr Flood said.

"In the State-funded program for young children aged less than five years, we have distributed almost 87,000 doses, which is 37,000 more than last year and enough to provide one vaccine to 96 per cent of all eligible children."

As of June 22, 2019, there have been 18,883 influenza cases reported in South Australia, compared to 1,493 cases at the same time in 2018. Of those cases, 95 per cent have been influenza A.

For more information, visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/flu.