The Victorian Government has announced that it will offer free flu shots to all residents for the entire month of June.

Typically, free jabs are available only to those at “high risk” of getting severely ill from the flu, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children from six months to five years of age, people with serious health conditions, pregnant people, and people aged 65 years and older.

But this year an uptick in flu cases – before the traditional winter flu season has even begun – has led the government to offer free vaccinations to all.

Victorian health minister Martin Foley said cases of the flu across the state have increased by more than 30 per cent in the past week.

So, from tomorrow – as part of a $33 million package – upwards of 3000 GP clinics and community pharmacies will be permitted to administer flu shots for free to all Victorians.