Victorian Kids Could Be Getting Free Flu Jabs In 2018

Vic Libs make election promise

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A cool $7 million could be spent on free flu jabs for childrenĀ over the next four years if the Victorian Liberal Nationals win the next state election.

Opposition health spokesperson Mary Wooldridge promised on Friday that young peopleĀ aged between six months and five years would receive the vaccination off the back of a successful election campaign, expected for November 2018, AAP reports.

"This is a vulnerable age and we think that it's important we send a clear message that they should be free so no one's inhibited from getting a flu vaccination," she said.

Priced about $11 per jab, the program is anticipated to lift Victorian immunisation rates to 180,000 per year.

It comes as the Andrews government has urged Canberra to expand the national immunisation program to ensure no costs are attached at all for childhood vaccination.

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