Mayor Kim O’Keeffe visits Rumbalara FNC to raise Influenza awareness

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe, was on deck at the Round 14 Murray League clash between Rumbalara and Katandra at Mercury Sports Complex on 20 July with an important message.

The visit was aimed at raising awareness of the steps Greater Shepparton residents can take to limit the spread of Influenza.

Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are more vulnerable to the flu, which can have some serious and devastating outcomes.

Mayor Kim O’Keeffe was helping spread the messages:

  • The flu isn’t a common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks
  • Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are more vulnerable to the flu
  • It’s never too late to be vaccinated
  • Germs and viruses are often spread by our hands
  • Why sneezing into your elbow is important
  • If you are feeling sick, stay at home and see your GP as soon as possible

Throughout the day, the flu campaign television commercials were aired on the electronic scoreboard and key prevention messages were displayed.

Pocket packs of tissues branded with flu campaign prevention messages were also handed out to spectators at the game.

“Raising awareness of the flu and the potential dangers it carries is crucial to keeping our community safe,” Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said.

“There are simple measures each of us can take to help stop the spread of influenza, starting with simply sneezing into our elbows. It is never to be late to be vaccinated so I encourage residents to think about enquiring about immunisation.”

“I’d like to thank the Rumbalara Football Netball Club for having me on Saturday and helping to spread this important message.”

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