Coronavirus concern prompts wider flu vax uptake

But there’s a need for greater protection of under 65s at cardiovascular risk, the Heart Foundation says

Just over one-quarter of Australians who intend to get a flu shot this year will do so simply because of concern over COVID-19, a national survey shows.

However, some five million adults say they have no plans to have a flu vaccination this year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says, despite pleas from GPs and health authorities.

The National Heart Foundation has seized on the findings to push for a greater uptake of flu vaccination, particularly among people with existing cardiovascular conditions who are below the age of 65.