All kids under 5 would receive free flu jab in Victoria

VICTORIA is pushing for free flu vaccinations for children under five, while boosting immunisation of health workers.

Otherwise healthy Victorians have lost their lives during this year's record flu season, and the state is demanding the National Immunisation Program be expanded so all children between six months and five years of age get flu shots.

And following a meeting of health industry leaders, Victoria's target of flu vaccinations for 75 per cent of health workers has been lifted to 90 per cent within five years.

The government will also offer immunisations over the entire flu season, rather than in a current two-week window, to protect vulnerable patients and aged care residents.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said young children must be added to the flu shots program from next year.

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