Health chief delivers reality check on flu season

The 2017 vaccine has been a relatively good match with circulating strains, he says.

The Chief Medical Officer is defending the government’s flu vaccine program in the wake of a severe season that has prompted calls to use higher strength flu vaccines in elderly people and provide free flu vaccines for children.

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While acknowledging this year’s vaccine seems less effective than usual, Professor Brendan Murphy points out that one in three at-risk people have not taken advantage of the 4.5 million doses of free quadrivalent vaccine.

“The Australian Government strongly encourages … eligible Australians, who do not