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Lyric receiving his yearly flu shot at the pop-up clinic at Koolyangarra.

Get a shot and fight the flu

17 Jul 2020

 

There’s still time to get your flu shot this year with weeks of colder weather ahead.

Free flu vaccinations are available for people at higher risk of complications and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older, says Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s Public Health Nurse Unit Manager, Denise Gibbons.

“It’s important as many people as possible get an annual flu vaccination, but particularly so for people who are at greater risk of severe flu, those who have chronic health conditions and those over 65 years,” says Ms Gibbons.

“An annual flu shot is your best protection against influenza. You need to have a flu shot every year as the vaccinations are adapted to give us the best chance of fighting the most common or most dangerous strains circulating at the time.”

Child getting a flu shot
Rihanna gets her flu shot at Koolyangarra.

NBMLHD recently held a free pop-up flu vaccination clinic at Koolyangara Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Cranebrook.

Aboriginal Immunisation Health Care Worker, Kelly Hodges says it was great to hear many in the community already had their shots this year.

“The free clinic was an opportunity for local residents who hadn’t yet had a chance to get their vaccination to drop in,” says Ms Hodges, who works in the NBMLHD Public Health Unit.

“We understand sometimes it can be difficult to get yourself and the family into town or to a doctor’s clinic or the chemist for a flu shot, so we’re pleased we can bring our flu clinic to the community.”

Koolyangarra flu clinic

Gemma after she had her free flu shot at the pop-up clinic.

A reminder, it’s ok to leave your house to get vaccinated unless you have been directed to self-isolate.

Flu shots are free for:

  • people aged 65 years and over
  • pregnant women
  • all children 6 months up to including 5 years old
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6 months and older
  • people with at risk conditions 6 months and older

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