AFTER the bad 2017 flu season Campaspe Shire Council will be offering vaccinations from late April.
Mayor Adrian Weston said this year’s focus will be to deliver most vaccinations in May and June, instead of April as has historically occurred.
Cr Weston said this is important as the flu vaccine is most effective in the first three to four months following the injection and will provide protection well into winter.
“Residents can receive their vaccination through council’s regular immunisation program which operates across the shire, while businesses can organise an in-house group vaccination of their staff through the business program,’’ he said. ‘‘Two free new vaccines, providing better coverage, will be for residents over 65 as they were badly affected last year.
‘‘Additionally the Victorian Government is providing free flu vaccines for children aged six months up to five years.
“Influenza is far worse than a bad cold; it’s a viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia.’’
Campaspe businesses can arrange a date and time for immunisation nurses to visit their workplace at a cost of $33 per dose.
Full session details are at campaspe.vic.gov.au/live/wellbeing/immunisations/
To book a business session contact the immunisation unit.