Free flu vaccine for the middle-aged 'cost-effective'

Researchers have factored in savings from fewer myocardial infarctions

Expanding Australia’s free influenza vaccination program to cover all adults from age 50 could be cost-effective and reduce the burden of hospitalisation for acute myocardial infarction, a study suggests.

middle-aged woman with flu

People in this age group can only receive the vaccine on the NIP if they are at high risk due to medical conditions, with free vaccine available once people reach 65.

Fewer than half of individuals aged 50-64 are being vaccinated, according to a health department survey.

Australian researchers,