Queenslanders offered FREE flu shots as state faces “severe outbreak”

Queenslanders will be offered free flu vaccinations as authorities warn the state faces a “severe outbreak” of Influenza A.

More than 4282 cases of the flu have been detected in just the past week alone, with data showing cases in the sunshine state are doubling every week and at a faster pace than expected.

At least 150 Queenslanders have been hospitalised with the flu so far this year, with ten patients so ill with Influenza A that they have been admitted to intensive care.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it is a huge concern, especially as it appears to be having a large impact on younger and older age groups.

“We have seen how difficult it has been to fight COVID-19,” the Premier said.

“To fight COVID-19 and the flu is doubly hard…. That’s why we are making these flu shots free for everyone.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the flu shots will be available for all Queenslanders aged six months and older.

“Flu vaccines are generally not free except for the most vulnerable,” the Minister said.

“Our 2017 season saw more than 750 people in intensive care and our 2019 season saw about 300 people.

“The fact that more than 4,000 cases have already been detected when flu seasons don’t usually begin until late July is very concerning.”

The vaccines will be available free from GPs and pharmacies from now until the end of June.