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Over Half a Million Flu Vaccines Distributed Across S.A.

SickDue to the high number of flu cases this season, more than 600,000 flu vaccines have been sent to general practitioners and immunisation providers around South Australia.

SA Health's Director of the Communicable Disease Control Branch, Dr Louise Flood, said they’ve distributed over 100,000 more doses than last year.

This will aid the influx of child vaccines due to the state-funded program giving free flu shots to kids less than five-years-old.

"In the State-funded program for young children aged less than five years, we have distributed almost 87,000 doses, which is 37,000 more than last year and enough to provide one vaccine to 96 per cent of all eligible children," Dr Flood said.

As at June 22 there have been over 18,000 influenza cases reported in South Australia, compared to just under 1,500 this time last year.

There have also been 42 deaths from the disease so far this year.

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