Residents reminded to get their flu shot
07 May 2019
The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District community is being reminded to get vaccinated this winter with the launch of the 2019 flu campaign.
There have been more than 9,600 confirmed influenza cases in NSW already this year. One million flu vaccines have now been delivered across the State.
People are encouraged to contact their GP or local pharmacist to talk about getting their flu shot. Pregnant women, young children and the elderly will be a major focus of this year’s flu campaign.
Free flu vaccines are available for pregnant women, Aboriginal people, those aged over 65, and anyone with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
Hospitalisation rates for influenza are highest in young children with recent national figures showing about 100 per 100,000 in those aged six to 23 months.
Don’t take flu for granted as a common winter disease, it can be deadly. In 2017, more than 650 people died across the State.
Free flu vaccines for children aged from six months to under five years of age are being provided under the NSW Government’s $2.6 million program.
In addition to booking in for a flu shot, people are reminded to help reduce the spread of flu, they should sneeze into their elbow, wash their hands regularly and stay home if they’re sick.
The NSW Government has invested about $130 million in the 2018-19 Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.