Government to spend $31m to fight flu that killed 1100 in 2017

The Government announces a $31m program of free flu vaccinations for over 65s.

Government to spend $31m to fight flu that killed 1100 in 2017

The Federal Government will spend $31 million to protect older Australians from a mutated flu virus, after the 2017 flu season caused the deaths of more than 1100 people, mostly aged over 65.

The horror flu season has prompted the Government to pay for stronger flu vaccinations in an effort to prevent another catastrophic outbreak.

“It was a horror flu season last year, a mutation in the flu strain, that led to some tragedies with seniors,” said Health Minister Greg Hunt.

"The two new vaccines are about giving Australians the best chance at getting through the flu season with as little impact as possible.

“We will be making it available free of charge to everybody over the age of 65 because sadly, that’s where 95 per cent of those who lost their lives are from in terms of age.

“And this is the world’s leading vaccine and in particular we have been able to secure supplies for all Australians that will require it. So, I think that’s a real breakthrough.”

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy said last year’s season was particularly deadly because the virus mutated mid-season, meaning vaccinations were relatively useless. The new vaccines contain four times the amount of antigen to help fight each of the three strains of flu, as well as a chemical to boost immune systems in older people.

“One of them has more of the killed-virus antigen in it, that produces a stronger immune response, and the other one has a standard amount of the antigen but has … a chemical which tickles up the immune system to respond better,” said Prof Murphy.

Did you deal with flu last year? Did you have a flu shot?

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    Triss
    20th Feb 2018
    12:00pm
    According to reports the flu vaccine offered only 15 to 20 per cent protection in 2017, so 85 per cent of people who were vaccinated and came into contact with the flu virus got infected. 85 percent of people had chemicals pumped into their bodies for nothing.
    Nick
    20th Feb 2018
    1:01pm
    What would have been the alternative to last year's vaccination? Do nothing and have the risk of becoming very ill or dying go up by 25%?

    Non-vaccination is a potentially lethal risk to take for someone over 65.
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    2:25pm
    The alternative is to get healthier and building up your immune system with natural methods. Once you are over 65 your body cannot expel the chemicals that are in vaccines therefore can kill and cause more disease. You want to do some research Nick and see what actually goes in these vaccines, they are highly toxic and there is no proof they work.
    Eliza
    20th Feb 2018
    6:05pm
    musicveg … we live in a society of manipulation on so many fronts.

    Please present links to papers, science backed research results to verify your assertions … theory is not evident based.

    Don’t misunderstand me … I am well aware that every drug or vaccine we take has its risks.

    It is a carefully considered balance that must be decided … benefits verses contrary indications.

    I have spoken to a number of doctors who are more that well aware of this … but …

    they still have the flu shot and vaccinate their children against common childhood diseases.
    elephants
    20th Feb 2018
    12:02pm
    Yes we both had it my husband over 65 me unde?. He was put into hospital with influenza A .I also got it but managed to stay in the house. I wouldn't like anyone to go through it.
    Tib
    20th Feb 2018
    12:29pm
    Last years effort was an attempt at reducing the cost of pensions for the government. I'm joking .......I think.
    GeorgeM
    23rd Feb 2018
    3:56pm
    This article hasn't mentioned that they did not buy the more expensive and better vaccine in 2017. So, they saved money there as well, besides future pensions....Wonder if the Treasury has calculated the benefits to the budget!
    Eliza
    20th Feb 2018
    12:53pm
    We really need to know this new mega boosted dose has been adequately tested and the results made available to the public. We need to know what’s going into our bodies.

    We (the over 65s) are quite vulnerable to the influenza strains ... also we can be somewhat at risk to some vaccinations.

    Having said that ... I have had the flu vacsitation each year for more than 10 years and have been ‘flu free’ over that period.

    However, I really think it is of the utmost importance to be extreamly mindful of hygiene... especially in public places in the flu season ... but of course at all times.
    Some irresponsible people go out and about coughing and hacking whilst sick with the flu ...
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    2:27pm
    Just build up your immune system by getting as healthy and fit as you can and avoid those who have it, you cannot even be in the same room. No vaccines are tested correctly, they really are 'blind' studies. There is no proof they work.
    Eliza
    20th Feb 2018
    6:07pm
    musicveg … we live in a society of manipulation on so many fronts.

    Please present links to papers, science backed research results to verify your assertions … theory is not evident based.

    Don’t misunderstand me … I am well aware that every drug or vaccine we take has its risks.

    It is a carefully considered balance that must be decided … benefits verses contrary indications.

    I have spoken to a number of doctors who are more that well aware of this … but …

    they still have the flu shot and vaccinate their children against common childhood diseases.
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    6:31pm
    http://www.cochrane.org/CD004876/ARI_vaccines-preventing-seasonal-influenza-and-its-complications-people-aged-65-or-older
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/flu-vaccine-increases-your-risk-infecting-others-6-fold-study-suggests
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/shocking-lack-evidence-supporting-flu-vaccines

    I might add there has never been research on healthy people who don't get vaccines.
    ktg
    20th Feb 2018
    1:53pm
    The best defence against disease is good health. How can we be healthy when we continually expose ourselves to multiple diseases via vaccination?
    My dog gets titre tested to see if he is immune to disease. If he has immunity there is no need to vaccinate. Why is titre testing not available before vaccination for us humans?
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    2:29pm
    Because they don't want humans to be healthy, there is no money in that. We were blessed with a functioning immune system and we need to be serious in taking care of it, the less toxins and chemicals in your body the more your immune system can act. I just had my bowl of immune system booster, lot's of organic fruit including berries.
    blossom
    20th Feb 2018
    2:07pm
    I wonder how many of these people were vaccinated, and still contracted the flu virus. Just a thought.
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    2:32pm
    The pharmaceutical industry will just say we do not have a vaccine that is 100% protective of ALL flu viruses. So they must have got a strain that the vaccine does not protect. The flu vaccine has proven to make things worse not better, but they are hiding the facts.
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    2:35pm
    $31 million that could go to help preventing disease instead, but who gets this money, the pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession, yep keeps those wheels turning. Flu vaccine is the latest con in the vaccine industry. Educate yourself with these articles baked by science:
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/flu-vaccine-increases-your-risk-infecting-others-6-fold-study-suggests
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/shocking-lack-evidence-supporting-flu-vaccines
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    7:47pm
    Woops, meant to be backed by science not baked!
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    2:37pm
    My 81 year old mum never gets the flu vaccine and she is the only one among her friends that never gets the flu or even a cold, she eats a lot of fruit, keeping up her Vitamin C intake and sits in the sun everyday to keep up her Vitamin D intake.

    20th Feb 2018
    7:31pm
    Waste of taxpayer money
    Sick of bureaucrats finding more ways to flush our hard earned tax dollars down the toilet
    musicveg
    20th Feb 2018
    7:49pm
    I agree $31 million would be better spent making the nation healthier in other ways, like prevention with nutrition.
    Big Kev
    20th Feb 2018
    8:44pm
    People in their 30's died from the flu last year. Until recently it was over 60's and grandparents and parents and partners of pregnant women who received it free. Evidently babies don't count to this government
    ktg
    21st Feb 2018
    9:36am
    Best if we don't vaccinate babies before their immune systems are developed. By cutting the umbilical cord too early and vaccinating them with many, many diseases too soon after birth we are weakening their immunity and their ability to fight infection.


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