Gippsland MP Darren Chester is urging Gippslanders to make getting their flu shot a priority this year.
“Each year we face the flu season which can result in a lot of people becoming unwell,” Mr Chester said.
“While I must stress that the flu injection will not protect you from contracting the coronavirus, it will protect you from strains of the flu and boost your immunity.
“As a region, Gippslanders must do what we can to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep as healthy as possible.”
Mr Chester said Gippslanders should contact their local clinics and pharmacies to discuss options and book an appointment.
“In the coming weeks more and more facilities will receive flu vaccine stock and it is important to get in early,” Mr Chester said.
“Book an appointment for yourself and your family; it is a quick and simple way to improve your immunity this flu season.
“The important thing to remember here is that we want to avoid people getting sick with the flu and contracting coronavirus at the same time as this could lead to a very serious illness or worse.”
Mr Chester said the Government is supporting those looking to receive an immunisation through the National Immunisation Program which provides free vaccinations to vulnerable groups within the community.
“Pregnant women, people over 65, children between 6 months and 5 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to receive a free vaccine,” Mr Chester said.
“Not only will this protect you from getting sick it will also protect those around you, especially vulnerable people in our community.”
For further information on the National Immunisation Program visit https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/national-immunisation-program