Cardinia Shire youngsters were hit hard by the flu last year, with 104 reported cases of Influenza in children under 5 – a whopping 593 per cent increase on the 15 child flu diagnoses reported in 2016.
Influenza is a deadly disease, and new data shows nearly 50,000 Victorians suffered from it last year.
Flu vaccines provide essential protection from the flu and it’s vital that these vaccines are made freely available to young kids to ensure they are properly protected.
The Liberals have promised free voluntary flu vaccinations for Victorian children under 5 if elected to Government later this year.
Daniel Andrews is refusing to fund these vital vaccines for Victoria’s youngest children, insisting it’s the Federal Government’s responsibility.
This head-in-the-sand approach is in stark contrast to the NSW government, who announced last week they would fund free flu vaccines for children under 5 following the horror flu season of 2017. NSW joins the Queensland and WA Governments, who already provide free flu vaccinations for young children.
Comments attributable to Brad Battin, Member for Gembrook:
“Only the Liberals will fund free vaccinations to protect our kids against this deadly disease.”
“The number of kids suffering from the flu has skyrocketed in just one year in the Cardinia Shire, yet Daniel Andrews is sitting on his hands when it comes to funding urgently needed vaccinations.”
“No parent wants to see their child unwell – a free vaccine is another line of defence for parents.”