Free flu jabs for kids on NIP move is welcomed by state Health minister Steven Miles

Courier Mail

28 August 2019 - Australian children aged six months to five will be given free flu vaccines in 2020 if Health Minister Greg Hunt agrees to a recommendation by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

The independent, expert body has given its approval for the Vaxigrip Tetra quadrivalent jab to be added to the National Immunisation Program and the decision is now waiting for the sign off from Health Minister Greg Hunt. Under law the minister cannot add a vaccine to the NIP without a recommendation from the committee.

The move has been welcomed by Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles who has been pushing for the flu jab to be added to the immunisation program for years and he says Mr Hunt now has to finish the job.

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