Brianna had a flu shot for the first time this year
On the road with flu vax clinics
04 Jun 2020
The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Public Health team have been out bringing pop-up flu vaccination clinics to some of our most vulnerable communities.
The District has joined forces with local groups around Penrith and The Hawkesbury that provide meals, groceries and other support for residents, including those who have lost their job or sleeping rough.
Patrons of the services can get a free flu shot at the pop-up clinics when they drop in for food and other supplies. At the Hawkesbury Helping Hands community hub in Windsor, Brianna says the decision to get the flu shot this year was easy.
“My mum told me about the clinic. This is the first time I’ve got a flu shot because there’s already a virus (COVID-19) going around, I thought it would be good to get some extra protection from at least the flu,” says Brianna.
“I encourage everyone to get a shot.”
Linda Strickland, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hawkesbury Helping Hands says all of her volunteers have had a influenza vaccination.
“It so important to help protect our volunteers and our patrons,” says Ms Strickland.
“This year, perhaps more than other years, get a flu shot."
Linda Strickland, Founder and CEO Hawkesbury Helping Hands
Ms Strickland says her organisation has been working closely with NBMLHD for some time with healthcare workers providing free services to patrons such as hepatitis tests and health advice.
“It’s so rewarding to have our patrons grow to trust us and via word of mouth others come to trust us as well.” Denise Gibbons, Public Health Nurse Unit Manager, says many in the community can get a free flu shot but it’s a challenge for some to get to a GP or clinic.
“By working with groups already connected to the community, we’re able to reach more people, more quickly than if we set up a stand-alone clinic,” says Ms Gibbons.
The NBMLHD project also works with Mama Lana in Penrith, The Rock in Kingswood and the Penrith City Council run Village Café program held in St Marys, Kingswood and Llandilo.
More information about influenza vaccination.