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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Minister calls for nationally funded vaccination program

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Minister calls for nationally funded vaccination program

    Health Minister Steven Miles has called on the Commonwealth to fund influenza vaccines for all young children under the National Immunisation Program, at today’s COAG Health Council.

    Minister Miles said it was time for a nationally consistent approach to childhood influenza immunisation programs to protect all young Australian children from the serious and preventable illness.

    “The current National Immunisation Strategy is set to conclude in December, and the new strategy needs to continue to drive Australia’s outstanding immunisation program,” Minister Miles said.

    “I am calling on the Commonwealth to fast track the placement of influenza vaccine for all young children on the National Immunisation Schedule to ensure a nationally consistent approach before next year’s flu season,” Minister said.

    “Queensland was one of the first states to implement a childhood vaccination program, and I am pleased to say, similarly to the adult vaccine, we saw huge demand for the paediatric vaccine this year.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has already rolled out over 100,000 free flu vaccines for under 5s and flu cases in Queensland this year are down.

    “But it’s time to take action nationally to provide a consistent approach."

    ENDS

    Media contact: Amy Hunter