“First of all, my wife told me to do it, but I also know it’s important to keep sickness and mortality down,” jokes Brad.
And the truth is, the flu is much more serious than the common cold.
Influenza can cause difficulty breathing, pneumonia, and, in very severe cases, death from flu-related illness.
Influenza is highly contagious, and people who have the flu can become infected before they even show symptoms.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for all people over the age of 6 months, and even more important for those at high risk of severe illness from the virus.
To minimize the impact of this year’s flu, the Nepean Blue Mountains Regional Health District (NBMLHD) is working with local community groups to run a free flu vaccination clinic.
NBMLHD’s deputy public health director Jane Thomas says people like Brad are doing the right thing for their communities and themselves.
“These pop-up clinics are primarily aimed at people at high risk of serious illness from the flu,” Jane says. . “
“Our staff are working hard to spread the message and vaccinate priority groups to protect them from potentially very serious diseases.”
Groups eligible for the free flu vaccine include children aged 6 months to under 5, people aged 65 and over, Aboriginal people aged 6 months and over, pregnant people, people with diabetes, cancer, This includes people with serious health conditions such as immune disorders. , obesity, severe asthma, kidney, heart, lung and liver disease.
NBMLHD has already conducted several clinics in the local area over the fall months and upcoming clinics include the NAIDOC Cup event (Morning 9am-1pm) and the NAIDOC event on the 7th at Jamison Park in Penrith. July (10am-3pm).
You can also ask your local doctor or pharmacist about getting a flu shot. Learn more about flu and flu vaccines here. www.health.nsw.gov.au/flu
https://www.nsw.gov.au/health/nbmlhd/news/stories/be-like-brad-get-your-flu-shot-winter Like Brad, get your flu shot this winter