IMPORTANT: FLU CLINIC IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2019.
Following last year’s influenza season, this year Northern Health will be providing free influenza vaccinations for the community.
You never forget the flu, so don’t forget your flu shot.
The most important method in preventing influenza and related complications is an annual vaccination.
Anyone over the age of 6 months is encouraged to get their annual flu shot, however some groups in our community are more vulnerable to the virus, and can suffer more serious complications from the flu. This includes:
- pregnant women,
- people aged over 65,
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 6 months of age,
- children younger than five years of age, and
- people with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems.
In addition to vaccinations, there are a number of steps that we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow – it stops your hands getting covered in the flu virus and will help stop the spread of germs.
- Hands are one of the top spreaders of germs and viruses, and the flu virus is no different. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly throughout the day is an effective way of stopping the spread of flu causing germs.