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No time for vaccine complacency as COVID and flu cases soar

The Australian Medical Association is urging people to get COVID-19 boosters and flu shots as infection rates take off and complacency sets in. 

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More than 16.5 million Australians have not received a COVID-19 booster shot in over six months and, while some of these people may have had a bout of COVID-19 in the last six months, it is a very high figure that is sparking the AMA’s warning for the winter season. 

AMA President Steve Robson said Australia was facing a worrying fifth wave of COVID-19, with cases soaring to an average of 5517 per day as of May 30 — more than double the average daily rate in March. 

Hospitalisations are up and weekly COVID-19 related deaths are in triple figures.  

“The age of lockdowns and restrictions is over, so it’s understandable why many people are falling into a false sense of security, but the latest data shows the virus is infecting thousands of Australians every day,” Professor Robson said. 

“Now is not the time for complacency, and the AMA urges people to get up to date on their boosters, which is an extremely effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones.” 

The effects of the latest COVID-19 wave are being worsened by a rising number of influenza cases. 

The Department of Health and Aged Care recorded 17,277 flu cases between May 15–28, which was more than double the previous fortnight’s total. 

Professor Robson said COVID-19 boosters and flu shots were separate vaccines that could be safely administered at the same time. 

“We are seeing a significant spike in the number of flu and COVID cases, making this a potentially dangerous winter, particularly for elderly and immunocompromised people,” he said. 

“Having a COVID-19 booster and a flu shot at the same time is an effective and safe way of ensuring you are protected from both viruses.” 

Professor Robson also urged parents to ensure their kids were protected. 

“As we know, children under five years of age aren’t badly affected by COVID-19, but influenza can be extremely serious for them, so it is crucial they get their flu shots as soon as possible,” he said. 

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