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Book in for your flu shots from May

Book in for your flu shots from May

Published:
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Bass Coast Shire Council's Influenza immunisation program will begin in May, which offers free flu vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program.

The free vaccines are available for eligible children aged between six months and four years old, adults aged over 65 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over six months old and pregnant women.

This year we will also be offering flu immunisations for ages five to 15 years at a fee of $25 and bookings are essential.

Individuals who do not meet the criteria above are encouraged to visit their local pharmacy or GP.

Bookings will be required for all sessions, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/immunisation and select the session you wish to attend.

Council’s immunisation sessions will be held in Cowes, Wonthaggi and Corinella in May.

Tuesday 10 May - St Philips Anglican Parish, 102 Thompson Avenue, COWES

10.30am – 12.30pm – Childhood immunisations

Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BXIQQ

Friday 13 May - St Philips Anglican Parish, 102 Thompson Avenue, COWES

10.30am – 12.30pm – Over 65 Flu only

Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BZADI

Tuesday 17 May – Old Wonthaggi Post Office, 74 McBride Avenue, WONTHAGGI

10.30am – 12.30pm – Childhood immunisations

Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BXIQV

1.00pm – 3.00pm – Over 65 Flu only

Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BZADM

Tuesday 24 May - Bass Valley Children’s Centre – 60 Corinella Rd, CORINELLA

10.30am – 1.00pm – Childhood immunisations and over 65 Flu only

Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BXIQX

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said that it’s now more important than ever for everyone in the community to play their part in helping to stop the spread of the flu.

“We need to remember that the flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia.”

During the pandemic, there has been lower levels of influenza vaccine coverage compared with previous years. With borders now reopening, a resurgence of influenza is expected this year.”

“As well as getting a vaccine, you can also protect others by coughing or sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands regularly and if you're sick, avoid going to work or school, visiting vulnerable people or busy public places.” Cr Whelan said.

Influenza vaccines can also be given on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines. Bass Coast Health are delivering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at the Wonthaggi Town Hall.

For more information on immunisation sessions contact Council's Immunisation Administration Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/immunisation .