Flu Vaccination - Time it Right

11 April 2018 - Media Release

Following a higher than average flu season last year, Campaspe Shire Council will be offering vaccinations from late April.

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston, said this year’s focus will be to deliver the majority of vaccinations in May and June, instead of April as has historically occurred. 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 could receive their vaccination through council’s regular immunisation program that operates across the shire, while businesses could organise an in-house group vaccination of their staff through the business program,” Cr Weston said.

“Two free new vaccines, that provide better coverage, will be on offer 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.

“With over 3,000 flu-related deaths each year, vaccinating is the most effective way to protect you and those around you. Contrary to what some believe, the vaccine cannot give you a dose of the flu because it does not contain any live virus.”

Campaspe businesses can arrange a date and time for immunisation nurses to visit their workplace and conduct a group vaccination session for their staff at a cost of $33 per dose.

Council’s immunisation team run sessions across the shire. Full details of session dates and times can be found on council’s website.

To book a business immunisation session, please contact the Immunisation Unit.