26 September 2023

Health sharpens flu jabs to make a point

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Canberrans are being encouraged to book in for their flu vaccination ahead of an expected increase in respiratory illnesses over the coming winter months.

Leading the call, the Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the flu vaccination was one of the best ways to prevent serious illness, particularly for young children and older people.

“One of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community is to make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“That means getting a flu vaccination as well as any COVID-19 vaccinations that you might be eligible for, including booster shots,” she said.

“While the ACT has a significantly higher flu vaccination rate for children under five years compared to the national average, we still want to see that number increase because it is so important for young children to be protected by being vaccinated.

“The peak period for influenza is typically June to September, so now is a good time to get your flu vaccination if you haven’t already.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said flu vaccine was widely available from GPs and a range of pharmacies around Canberra as well as at selected public health facilities for some eligible people, such as Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics and ACT Health Antenatal Clinics.

She reminded Canberrans to help limit the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, in the community over the cooler months.

“We should all continue to practise COVID-smart behaviours, such as staying home if unwell, physical distancing, wearing a mask and good hand hygiene,” the Minister said.

Further information about influenza vaccination and winter wellness is available at this PS News link.

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