Over-65s 'sucked in' by flu vaccine scare campaign

An immunisation expert is concerned that many are being bamboozled

Older patients are turning down the free enhanced flu vaccine to pay for less effective quadrivalent shots after being “sucked in” by a media scare campaign, an expert says.

Older man coughing

Immunisation Coalition chair Professor Paul Van Buynder has called on GPs to encourage patients aged 65 and older to get one of the new trivalent influenza vaccines being funded through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

“Tell your patients not to go and get the other one from a pharmacy,” he said.

“The only place they can get the important vaccines is from their