Seniors living across the Dubbo electorate are reminded to protect themselves against the flu by getting vaccinated.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said people aged 65 and over can book in a free flu shot at pharmacies and GPs.
“Getting the flu vaccine reduces your risk of getting the flu by up to 60 per cent, and most importantly, it provides vital protection against severe illness and death.
“This is especially important for those who are immunocompromised or living in close proximity to someone who is susceptible to serious illness from influenza.
“Vaccination against the flu is especially important this year, given COVID-19 is also circulating in the community.
“We have come a long way, and have a strong COVID-19 vaccination rate, but it is important to take any additional steps we can to protect ourselves and others as we head into the winter months.
“The flu shot and COVID-19 booster can be given at the same time, so if you are yet to get either, make sure to book in today.”
People aged 65 and over are recommended to have the enhanced quadrivalent vaccine (Fluad® Quad), which stimulates a greater immune response in this age group.
Free flu shots for NSW residents have also been extended until 17 July, amid concerns vaccination rates are still not where they should be.
“I thank the members of our community who have already rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves and others,” Mr Saunders said.
“With so many people presenting to EDs with flu-like illness over the past weeks, I encourage those who are yet to receive their jab to take advantage of the 17 July extension.
“Getting a flu jab only takes a few minutes, but those minutes could mean the difference between you or a loved one ending up incredibly unwell this flu season.
“I urge all members in our community to take advantage of this extension, and for families to use the school holidays to book in for a free flu shot with their GP or pharmacist.”
When people book they should ask their pharmacist or GP which vaccine is right for them. For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/flu