Parents and carers of children aged six months to five years old are encouraged to get their child vaccinated against the flu at Orange Health Service or their GP this year.
A free drop in flu vaccination clinic for babies and children aged six months to under five year olds who are otherwise up to date with their routine childhood immunisations is available every Thursday afternoon from 1-4pm at Orange Community Health.
“Influenza is highly contagious. Babies and young children, pregnant women, people aged over 65, people with certain illnesses, and Aboriginal people have greater risk of serious illness and complications from the flu," Nursing Unit Manager of Child & Family Health at Orange Primary and Community Health, Deirdre Leslie said.
“Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, so we are encouraging parents to get children vaccinated against this serious infection," Deirdre said.
Vaccination is very important to prevent the flu, but the following steps also help prevent the spread of influenza:
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow
- Clean your hands
- Stay at home when sick
- Keep your children home when they are sick
Children aged six months to five years old can also get a flu shot at Orange Community Health during an appointment for their routine childhood immunisations and child health checks.
The Western NSW Local Health District will be implementing its winter plans for local hospitals, which include procedures for allocating additional resources during periods of high demand, providing free flu vaccinations for frontline health staff and promoting good hygiene practices that help fight the spread of flu.
The NSW Government will spend a record $22.75 million on state-wide immunisation programs in 2017-18, including $3.5 million for free flu shots to children up to five years of age to boost protection against flu in our communities.
Parents or carers with questions about immunisations for babies and children should contact Orange Primary and Community Health during week days from 8:30am-5pm by phoning (02) 6369 3300.
For more information about influenza, see the NSW Health website.