Board Chair backs Minister on flu vax

Brisbane North PHN Board Chair Dr Anita Green receives her flu vax.

GP and Brisbane North PHN Board Chair Dr Anita Green joined with State Health Minister Steven Miles and other senior health figures for an influenza media briefing in late April at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

After having their annual flu shots for the cameras, Dr Green and the other ‘flu experts’ participated in a press conference that achieved media coverage on ABC News, all the commercial TV news bulletins and in The Courier-Mail.

Dr Green spoke to Courier-Mail medical reporter Janelle Miles and was quoted describing last year’s low flu immunisation take-up as “appalling”.

“It worries me because the flu needs to be taken seriously,” Dr Green said.

According to one study into the 2017 flu season, published last year in the journal Eurosurveillance, a paltry 27 per cent of Australians were vaccinated against influenza.

Mr Miles said last year’s flu season had put a huge strain on the state’s hospitals and the Queensland Ambulance Service.

“We can’t afford to see that happen again,” Mr Miles told The Courier-Mail. “We need as many Queenslanders as possible to go and get their flu vaccinations.

“I’m urging people of all ages to get vaccinated, especially younger children because they are particularly susceptible,” he said.

Other health and medical professionals to speak at the press conference included Dr David Rosengren, Dr Bhakiti Vasant, pharmacist May Legg, and Tony Hucker from the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Videos support uptake of influenza vaccine by pregnant women

The Federal Department of Health has also this week released educational videos to promote influenza vaccination for pregnant women.

General practices may see the campaign via Tonic Health Media in general practice waiting rooms during May 2018, and the videos can also be accessed via the links below:

For health professionals: 

For pregnant women: