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City councils in Sydney and Melbourne will host free flu vaccination clinics as health officials warn Australians to prepare for flu season. Flu has been less prominent over the past couple of years as restrictions against COVID-19 have reduced movement, but with restrictions ending nationwide, an increase in influenza infections is expected. A survey commissioned by vaccine advocacy group the Immunization Coalition found that only 35% of adults under 65 planned to get a flu shot this year, despite 73% expecting this year’s season to be worse than than 2020 and 2021. The group is running free flu vaccination clinics for people under 65 on Friday in Melbourne and Sydney city halls with support from the St Vincent Mobile Immunization and Health Service. “The latest research shows that people are aware that we can have a bad flu season, but that doesn’t translate to people making a vaccination appointment with their doctor or pharmacist,” said Robert Booy, a member of the Immunization Coalition. . More people die from the flu than at the annual toll in a typical flu season, and immunity has likely waned due to lack of exposure over the past two years, said Coalition President Rod Pearce. It is important that adults and children are vaccinated, with younger and older Australians at greater risk of flu-related complications, he added. A severe flu season can also exacerbate ongoing workforce and supply chain problems. The Australian College of Nursing has also asked Australians to ensure their vaccinations are up to date. “As the colder months approach, now is the time to get vaccinated to ensure you and your loved ones are protected,” said ACN Chief Executive Kylie Ward. Australian Associated Press

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