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Public Health pushes flu shot ahead of winter

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Public Health is pushing for more of us to get a flu shot ahead of winter.

The Tasmanian Vaccination Operation Centre immunising teams will be running free community clinics across regional and metro areas this weekend.

The community clinics are offering both flu and COVID vaccines, at the same time in the same place for everyone aged 5 years and over.

From next weekend June 4-5, state-run clinics will also be offering flu vaccine to all ages from 6 months and over.

Authorities are bracing for a spike in flu cases across the state.

After two years of low exposure due to border closures because of the COVID pandemic, influenza is expected to be a real threat to Tasmanians this winter.

Already this year nearly 11,000 influenza cases have been reported nationally and in Queensland, NSW and Victoria rates are doubling every week.

As of the May 26th, more than 171,000 Tasmanians have had their flu shot, with authorities hoping to double that number before the end of next month.

Vaccination clinics are available this weekend at: Cygnet, Huonville, Kingston, Hobart, Glenorchy, Launceston and Burnie on Saturday May 28th.

On Sunday May 29th, clinics will be in operation at Kingston, Bridgewater, Launceston, Invermay and Somerset.

During next week, all standing clinics are available and Hobart, Glenorchy, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport.

Remote clinics are available in Queenstown and Rosebery.

Bookings are preferred at most state-run flu and COVID vaccination centres, but walk-ins are also welcome.

For clinic details and to book go to the Coronavirus website or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.