Wellington residents are being urged to protect themselves against the flu this winter and get the flu shot.
The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends.
For vulnerable Victorians such as children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases or a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes.
The flu shot is now available at Council’s immunisation sessions, GPs and pharmacies.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Alan Hall said the flu vaccine was available at Council’s immunisation sessions, doctors and pharmacies.
“The flu doesn’t discriminate, anyone can be affected,” Cr Hall said.
“That’s why it is so important that everyone protects themselves this flu season.
“When more people are vaccinated, fewer people become ill or suffer life-threatening complications from the flu.”
Free flu shots are available for everyone over the age of 65, children aged six months to under five years, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and anyone with a chronic condition or weakened immune system.
If you’ve got the flu, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
For a list of Council’s immunisation sessions, visit www.wellington.vic.gov.au/immunisation or call 1300 366 244.