High rates of flu vaccination needed this winter: specialists

Flu vaccine stocks for the public immunisation program in Australia have been delayed for more than a month as manufacturers scramble to replace two of the strains contained in the 2014 vaccine.

“People usually have two or three months to get round to getting their shot because we usually don’t see bad flu until June/July,” public health physician Professor Paul Van Buynder said. “But the message this year will be: don’t hang around — book an appointment with your GP as soon after April 20 as possible.