With the flu season approaching throughout Queensland, South West residents are being encouraged to get their jabs and avoid becoming one of this year’s influenza statistics.
Darling Downs and South West Public Health Unit Director Dr Penny Hutchinson says the aim of this year’s Indigenous influenza program, “Tackle Flu Before it Tackles You’’, was to boost immunisation coverage rates across the region.
The program starts on 2 May.
“To improve access to the influenza vaccine, in particular for the younger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander target audience, immunisation clinics will be conducted in Education Queensland facilities, as well as at health facilities and other venues across the South West as part of the campaign.’’
“As in previous years, to encourage participation, we will be providing a free T-shirt decorated with Indigenous artwork to those who are vaccinated as part of the Tackle Flu Before it Tackles You campaign. “
“This year’s T-shirt will have artwork by Toowoomba-based artist David McCarthy, who won the competition to decorate the shirt.’’
The seasonal flu vaccine will be available through your local doctor, hospital, primary health care clinic or Indigenous health service, as well as at the “Tackle Flu Before it Tackles You” clinics.
Clinics in the South West will be held in the following locations on these dates:
• Roma: Date and place to be confirmed.
• St George: Thursday 4th May, from 3–5 pm at St George State High School
• Charleville: Tuesday 9th May, time to be confirmed, at Charleville State High School
• Cunnamulla: Wednesday 10th May, time to be confirmed, at the Cunnamulla Shire Hall.
For further information about “Tackle Flu Before it Tackles You” in the South West, including clinic date and location at Roma and clinic times at Charleville and Cunnamulla, contact:
• Roma Hospital: Lane Brookes on 4624 2719
• St George Hospital: Kathy Avery or Patricia Morris on 4620 2222
• RFDS Charleville: Joanne Mahony on 4654 1233
• Cunnamulla Hospital: Judy Henning on 4655 8100.