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MEDIA RELEASE - Be prepared this flu season

10 May 2018

Glenelg Shire residents are being urged to protect themselves against the flu this winter by getting their annual flu vaccination.

More than 48,000 confirmed cases of influenza were reported last year, placing a record demand on the state’s hospitals and health system, with many local services affected.

Glenelg Shire environmental health officer Aaron Kennett said community members should not underestimate the severity of the flu, particularly those most vulnerable.

“The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends,” he said.

“For vulnerable residents, like children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases or a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes. Over 3,500 avoidable deaths occur in Australia every year from complications of seasonal flu.

“Given the severity of last year’s flu season, the 2018 campaign message is simple - you never forget the flu, so don’t forget your flu shot. Visit your local GP or chemist today to receive your flu shot.”

All Victorians over 65, children aged six months to under five years, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years and over and anyone with a chronic condition or weakened immune system are all eligible for a free flu vaccine.

Glenelg Shire Council will be offering free flu vaccine clinics for children aged six months and under five years across the shire at the following locations:

Heywood
Glenelg Shire Council Offices
Thursday 17 May 2pm – 4pm

Portland
Portland Child and Family Complex
Wednesday 23 May 1pm – 5pm
Thursday 24 May 1pm – 3.30pm

Casterton
Kathleen Millikan Centre
Thursday 31 May 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 7 June 1pm – 4pm

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Children’s Services Administration by phone on 03 5522 2211 or email childrenservicesenquiry@glenelg.vic.gov.au.

Families are reminded that all children receiving their flu vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

For more information on the flu and flu vaccinations please visit the Better Health website at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu.


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