NSW Health is encouraging parents to consider vaccinating their children against this year’s strain of flu.
NSW GP’s are set to receive the flu vaccine by May 1st and parents are being encouraged to consider vaccinating themselves and their children against the virus. NSW Health says the vaccine protects the most vulnerable members of the community, but only 10% of Australians believe that children should receive the immunisation.
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of NSW Communicable Diseases, told The Camden Courier that prevention is the best approach when it comes to beating the flu. “Now is a great time to set a reminder in your phone or circle the date in your calendar, particularly if you or your family are in a high-risk group, to ensure you get your flu jab,” she said. “There have already been 7584 cases recorded flu cases in NSW during the warmer months so the best protection ahead of winter is to be vaccinated to build up resistance.”
Children between the ages of six months and five years can receive the flu vaccine for free through their GP as part of the NSW Government program, and it’s hoped that more families will choose to participate.
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Wash Your Hands
More than 650 people died of the flu in 2017, with reduced fatalities last year highlighting improved awareness and hygiene, but health authorities say there is more to be done. Washing your hands properly and frequently, staying home from work and school when you’re sick, and sneezing into your elbow or tissue are just some of the recommended ways, in addition to vaccination, to avoid the spread of the flu.
Many parents may not have been aware of the free vaccination program for their little ones, so if you’re looking for ways to protect them from the flu this year, consider taking them to the GP and discussing whether getting the jab is right for your family.
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