​​NSW Health recently launched a $1.75 million campaign encouraging people to have their flu jabs early and combat the spread of the virus by cleaning their hands regularly.

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It comes in the wake of last year’s record flu season where more than 650 people died from influenza-related complications.

On 23 April, NSLHD played its part in the campaign by promoting the main messages and offering free flu shots at Stockland Balgowlah shopping centre.

Member for Manly, James Griffin, dropped by for a visit and was first in line for his flu vaccination, setting the tone for the day.

Over 140 people took advantage of the free vaccinations at Balgowlah, and hopefully they also took some of the other key messages on board too.

The campaign’s main focus is to remind people to vaccinate early, with other key messages to help prevent the spread of influenza being:
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • clean your hands, and
  • stay home when sick.
The NSW Government will spend a record $22.75 million on immunisation programs in 2017-18, including $3.5 million towards free flu shots for children up to five years of age.

Flu shots are also free for pregnant women, people over 65 years of age, Aboriginal people and those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart problems.

Visit the Influenza Fact Sheet for more information via www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Influenza/Pages/default.aspx