Target younger patients for flu vax, GPs urged
The government-funded flu vaccine for at-risk groups will be available from next Monday. This is a month later than usual due to manufacturing delays with incorporating new A and B strains into the trivalent vaccine.
The H3N2 A strain has been responsible for high hospitalisation rates in the northern hemisphere, and Europe experienced late outbreaks of influenza B, experts say.
The Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) said in Australia baseline levels of flu during the first three months of 2015 have been at the highest recorded levels for this time of year, with cases expected to rise in June and peak in