Hoo-roo to the flu: It's time for you to get vaccinated


The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) community is being reminded of their flu vaccine with the launch of the 2019 flu campaign recently.

WNSWLHD Public Health Manager, Priscilla Stanley said: "With more than 9,600 confirmed influence cases in NSW already this year, people should not delay their flu jabs either at the GP or pharmacist.

"One million flu vaccines have been delivered across the state."

Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and all Aboriginal people will be a major focus of this year's flu campaign.

Free flu vaccines are available for pregnant women, those over 65, and anyone with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Hospitalization rates for influenza are in children aged six to 23 months.

Ms Stanley outlined the importance of receiving an annual flu vaccination as the best means of protecting yourself.

"While we might all be fluently granted, we can be deadly," Ms Stanley said.

"In 2017, we had a significant flu season where more than 650 people died across the state.

"We cannot afford to be complacent."

The NSW Government has invested about $ 130 million in the 2018-19 Budget Immunization Program, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.

Government's $ 2.6 million program. Free flu vaccines for children aged six months.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.

The flu spreads mostly from person to person, and people with flu are most contagious in their first three days after their illness begins.

The flu can come on suddenly. Early symptoms can include fatigue, body aches and chills, cough, sore throat, and fever.

For most people, influence resolves on its own, but sometimes, the flu, and its complications, can be deadly. Flu in the air droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes.

Wash your hands regularly and stay home if sick.

Flu vaccinations are available from Oberon Pharmacy and Oberon Medical Center.


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