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    Demand expected to soar for flu vaccinations ahead of winter

    More than 2 million Medibank resident customers are now eligible for a free flu vaccination.

    It comes amid warnings of new influenza strains entering the country following the reopening of Australia’s international border, which is why Medibank is making it easier for customers with hospital or extras cover to access a free flu shot.

    Medibank Chief Medical Officer Dr Linda Swan said it’s important to protect ourselves from the most common strains of the flu as we enter the cooler months.

    “We’ve done a fantastic job vaccinating ourselves against COVID-19, but now is the time to speak to your doctor about getting a flu shot,” Dr Swan said.

    “It’s important to take preventative steps to protect yourself against the flu, including practising good hygiene.

    “While the flu shot doesn’t provide complete protection, it’s an important measure to help protect against new strains and complications from the virus.

    “Influenza is a virus that can be difficult to predict as the virus can change with time. Because of this, the flu vaccine is slightly different each year.

    “As always, it’s best to consult with your GP about your individual health needs and what’s appropriate for you.”

    Eligible Medibank customers can redeem their flu voucher at a participating Amcal or Guardian pharmacy by logging into the My Medibank or Live Better app.

    As part of the National Immunisation Program, the Australian Government is offering free flu vaccinations to:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
    • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
    • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
    • People aged 65 years or over
    • People aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease.

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