It time for flu shot

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Influenza immunisation program will begin in May, which offers free flu vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program.

The free vaccines are available for eligible children aged between six months and four years old, adults aged over 65 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over six months old and pregnant women.

Individuals who are not eligible for the free vaccine are encouraged to visit their local pharmacy or GP.

This year, bookings will be required for all sessions, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/immunisation and select the session you wish to attend, or contact Council’s Immunisation Administration Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211

The childhood and over 65 sessions will be held separately this year, so please ensure that you book in for the correct age group.

Council’s immunisation sessions will be held in Cowes, Wonthaggi and Corinella in May.

Cowes: Tuesday, 11 May at the St Philips Anglican Parish, 102 Thompson Avenue.

• Childhood session – 10.30am to 12.30pm

• Over 65 – 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Wonthaggi: Tuesday, 18 May at the Wonthaggi Town Hall

• Childhood session – 10.30am to 12.30pm

• Over 65 – 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Corinella: Tuesday, 25 May at the Bass Valley Children’s Centre

• Childhood session -10.30am to 12.30pm

• Over 65 – 1.00pm to 2.30pm

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The flu doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be affected.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said that it’s really important for everyone in the community to play their part in helping to stop the spread of the flu.

“It’s as easy as following three steps: cough or sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands regularly and if you’re sick, avoid going to work or school, visiting vulnerable people or busy public places,” Cr Tessari said.

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