Health Minister issues warning, announces new flu vaccine program for all primary school children.
Western Australia’s Health Minister has warned anti-vaxxers to “stay home” as the state government expands its influenza vaccination program to include all primary school-aged children ahead of term 2 commencement from Wednesday.
The state government on Monday announced a national first with an investment of an additional $400,000 set aside to offer free flu jabs to all primary school-aged children.
Mr Cook said primary school-aged children were the highest group within the community that was infected with the flu and that it was very important to vaccinate them to protect older people they came in contact with.
“This is a really important element because we know that children are carriers of the influenza virus and it’s really important because we know that by immunising our young people, we can protect our older people,” he said.