Australian Doctors are beginning to raise the idea that too little flu shots means too much flu. And for Australian citizens already embroiled in a conflict between themselves and the government over mandatory vaccine legislation for kids, many Australians might be justified in worrying about the new rhetoric.
Australia is said to be suffering the “worst flu season in 15 years.” Pregnant women and children are being blamed as the cause.
According to the Herald Sun:
As Australia suffers its worst flu season in 15 years, fewer than 30 per cent of pregnant women and one in 10 children have been immunised, it has been claimed.
People aged 65 and over are also eligible for the free flu shot, as are most indigenous Australians and those people who suffer from chronic conditions.
Asked if all Australians should be immunised for free, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said that more than 4.5 million doses were being provided in 2017.
Australia is encouraging those eligible for free flu vaccines to accept them, while it similarly wants those who need to pay for them to do so. They claim you can get a flu shot for as little as $11.
Australian Medical Association federal president Dr Michael Gannon said his organisation was not lobbying for free flu vaccines for all.
“Perhaps our biggest problem, and one of the reasons that flu really takes hold, is that rather than us advocate that everyone should get it for free, what we’d say to those people who are at higher risk … they should avail themselves of the vaccine,” he said.
“Loads of people with chronic disease don’t get it, and that leads them to passing it on to other members of the community.”
The flu shot rhetoric in Australia is now in full swing, or so it would seem. Now that the country feels it has taken control over vaccine avoidance with shots such as MMR, it now could potentially be focusing on the flu shot which would affect a much larger demographic of the population.