Fast-tracking new flu vaccines for free

Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker.
Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker.

The Coalition Government will provide two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to over three million Australians aged 65 years and over, free of charge.

These new vaccines will help provide stronger protection for over 65s on the Mid North Coast.

The vaccines have been fast-tracked to ensure lives are saved and that Australians over 65 years of age receive greater protection.

More than 90 per cent of the 1,100 flu related deaths in 2017 were people aged over 65 years of age.

This is the Coalition Government’s direct response to last year’s horrific flu season and is aimed squarely at saving lives.

We must continue to do all we can to protect those Australians who are most at risk.

The new vaccines – Fluad® and Fluzone High Dose® – were registered in Australia to specifically provide increased protection for people aged 65 years and older.

From April 2018, both vaccines will be available through the National Immunisation Program following a recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Life saving funding

Lifesaving clubs on the Mid North Coast will each receive a $5,000 boost from the Coalition Government to help reduce drownings and near-deaths.

The funding is part of an additional $3 million the Coalition Government is providing to lifesaving clubs and other water safety organisations around Australia.

With 10 lifesaving clubs in the Cowper electorate, this funding is a very welcome boost.

As many of us head to the beach at this time of year, water safety is of paramount importance.

A large part of the funding will go to the Government’s beach equipment program, to assist the approximately 310 surf lifesaving clubs around Australia.

This will enable the clubs to buy new rescue equipment, as well as first aid and medical supplies.


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